Warriors Down Bearcats in Battle of Salem, 3-1

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

SALEM, ORE. -- In a battle of college volleyball teams separated by just a few miles, it was the Corban College Warriors who defeated the Willamette University Bearcats, 3-1, on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at Cone Field House in the battle for bragging rights in Salem, Ore. Corban improved to 1-3 on the season, while Willamette fell to 1-4.

The Warriors were led by Rachel Gowen with 11 kills and by Rashelle Davenport with 10 kills and 15 digs. Rebecca Franke added 20 digs and Amy Thompson provided 20 assists.

For Willamette, Kelly McGraw (Jr., OH, Gaston, OR/Corban College) provided eight kills and achieved three service aces against her former teammates. McGraw was a player at Corban during the 2006 season.

Christine Dion (Sr., S, San Jose, CA/University of Portland) supplied Willamette with 24 assists and 14 digs. Clare Chedester (Sr., LIB, Encinitas, CA/San Dieguito Academy) led the 'Cats with 19 digs.

In the first set, Willamette took an 8-4 lead, but Corban went on a 6-1 run for a 10-9 advantage. WU scored the next point to tie the score, then neither team led by more than a point until Corban claimed a 20-18 edge. A serving error allowed Willamette to pull within a single point, but the Warriors won four points in a row and five out of six to win the set, 25-20.

The second set also was close throughout. WU and Corban were tied at 12-12, before the Warriors moved out to a 17-14 advantage. The 'Cats countered with a 6-1 run that ended with a kill by McGraw for a 20-18 lead. Corban tallied the next two points on kills by Tiffany Land and Gowen to tie the game. Ties also occurred at 22-22 and 23-23, but the Bearcats recorded the next two points on attacking errors by Corban to win the set.

Corban controlled most of the third set. The Bearcats held an early 4-2 cushion, but Corban went on a 5-0 run and never trailed again. WU pulled within 8-7, but a serving error returned the ball to the Warriors and Corban rattled off nine consecutive point with Andrea Potloff serving. Following the run, Corban owned an 18-7 lead on its way to a 25-13 win.

WU trailed 15-9 in the fourth set, before battling back to tie the score at 21-21. The 12-6 run included two kills by Durham and five attacking errors by Corban.

Land registered a kill to give the Warriors a 22-21 lead. Willamette committed a hitting error and a ball handling error on the next two rallies, as CC moved within a point of winning the match. Gowen concluded the set with a kill for a 25-21 final tally.

Willamette remains at home on Wednesday, Sept. 3 to take on Evergreen State College. Match time at Cone Field House is set for 7 p.m. (PDT).

Corban College defeated Willamette University, 25-20, 23-25, 25-13, 25-21
Jessica McGraw earned eight kills and three service aces against Corban.

Jessica McGraw earned eight kills and three service aces against Corban.