Corban Defeats Bearcats, 30-20, 38-36, 30-23

SALEM, OR - Jessica McGraw of Corban College recorded her first career triple-double, with 10 kills, 16 assists and 11 digs, to lead the Warriors to a 30-20, 38-36, 30-23 victory over visiting Willamette University, Sept. 5 at the Jeffers Sports Center. Corban improved to 2-5 on the season, while the Bearcats fell to 1-4.

McGraw played in key role in the first game, when she was the server on 10 consecutive points for Corban, as the Warriors extended a 10-9 lead into a 20-9 advantage. Willamette eventually fell behind 24-10, and never cut the deficit below 10 points the rest of the game.

The Bearcats led 18-12 in the second game, but Corban answered with an 8-2 run to tie the game at 20-20. The Warriors moved in front, 21-20, on an attack error by the Bearcats. Willamette scored seven of the next 11 points and held a 27-25 lead following a bad set by Aja Bryant of Corban. The Warriors countered with a 4-0 run, including a service ace by Becky Horn, to give CC a 29-27 advantage.

Corban had the first two chances to win the game, but kills by Willamette's Kelley Lindstrom (So., OH, Banks, OR/Banks HS) and Jessica Drumm (Jr., S, Salem, OR/South Salem HS) tied the score, 29-29. The teams combined for a total of 10 game points during the contest, with Corban holding seven and Willamette owning three. On the 10th game point, the Warriors were victorious on an attacking error by Willamette.

In the third game, CC built a 10-1 lead, scoring points five through 10 with McGraw serving. McGraw began the run with a service ace.

Willamette went on a 12-5 run to pull within 15-13. Corban committed seven attacking errors during the Bearcats' run. Even so, WU never got closer, as the Warriors rallied to score the next four points.

The Warriors held a slim 22-21 lead following a kill by Edyth Lee-Barnes (Fr., OH/RS, Corvallis, OR/Corvallis HS). The next two points when to CC on attacking errors by Willamette. The Bearcats pulled within 24-22 , but Corban ended the match with a 6-1 run.

Chelsea Reeher of Corban led all players with 13 kills. She earned a .385 hitting percentage. Hallie Hofford added 12 kills, which were followed by McGraw's 10 kills. Amy Thompson earned 21 assists for the Warriors, while Horn topped all players with 30 digs. McGraw and Andrea Sanick each recorded 11 digs.

For the Bearcats, Nikki Lytle (Fr., OH, Culver, OR/Redmond HS) registered nine kills. Drumm ranked first on either team with 28 assists. She also provided WU with eight digs. Jessica Durham (So., OH, Medford, OR/North Medford HS) was credited with 14 digs and Christine Dion (Fr., DS/RS, San Jose, CA/University of Portland) supplied 10 digs.

Willamette held Corban to a .102 hitting percentage and the Bearcats have limited their first five opponents to a .147 percentage overall. The Bearcats, however, have struggled on offense, with a .096 overall hitting percentage. WU recorded 37 kills and made 32 attacking errors, while hitting just .028 against the Warriors.

After playing five matches in the first five days of their schedule, the Bearcats are off until this weekend, when they will compete at the Pacific Coast Classic, hosted by Pomona-Pitzer and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in Claremont, Calif. On Friday, Sept. 8, Willamette is slated to play Whittier College at 11 a.m. (PDT) and to take on CMS at 1:30 p.m. (PDT). Saturday's schedule (Sept. 9) has the Bearcats taking on Pomona-Pitzer at 11:15 a.m. (PDT), before facing the University of La Verne (ranked #3 in NCAA Division III) at 3:45 p.m. (PDT).