9/7/2003: Willamette Volleyball Invitational

Salem: The Bearcats are out to show that they are a team to watch.

The Willamette Volleyball team made their competitors stand up and take notice on the first day of the tournament winning both of their matches in 3 games a piece.

Their first match pitted them against Western Baptist.

The Bearcats played consistently and with authority. With the skill and power of Sr. Jenni Linden and So. Angie Sammons the Warriors were no match.

The second match saw Willamette defeat Eastern Oregon in much the same fashion. Leading the Bearcats in Kills, Aces, and Blocks was Kristin Halleck, Angie Sammons and Jenni Linden.

The Bearcats second day of play matched them up with the NWC second ranked Linfield Wildcats.

This match was the most exciting of the Tournament. Regardless of Willamette's No.6 ranking in the NWC these two teams were extremely well matched.

Jenni Linden led the way in kills with 22 and Lauren Thompson wasn't far behind with 21. With consistent serving and being almost impenetrable at the net, the Bearcats won the first game 30-25.

Linfield would not go away. They came back with a strong reply and took the second game 30-26 and third game 30-23.

Willamette made a decision to turn on the same intensity that was present in game one and forced a fifth game by winning the 4th 30-27.

In the final and fifth game the Wildcats slipped by with a 15-13 win.

The Bearcats took their first loss of the season in stride. In took four games for Willamette to send Evergreen back to Washington.

In the second game Willamette lost a bit of focus and Evergreen stepped up their intensity to pull out a 30-27 win.

Willamette again came up with some amazing saves and long rallies as they had in the day's previous match.

When all was said and done the Bearcats finished with three wins and one loss to bring their season record to 4-1.

Next up for the Bearcats: They will be playing at the Pomona-Pitzer/CMS Invitational September 12 and 13.