Volleyball week-in-review: Sept. 10-20
The Gator Volleyball team had a busy week-and-a-half preparing for the league opener.
They had tournaments at Walla Walla, Pierce, and Treasure Valley community colleges. They played 11 games in 10 days, and went 3-8 in that span.
The Gators went 1-3 in Walla Walla. They went on to beat Mt. Hood 3-1 (21-25, 25-17, 25-20, and 25-20). Spokane defeated the Gators in straight sets, although the Gators played them tough in all three sets (26-24, 25-20, and 26-24). Treasure Valley took the first two sets, but the Gators showed some fight and fought back to tie it up at 2. However, the Chukars took the fifth set and the match by a score of 3-2 (25-20, 25-23, 20-25, 22-15, 15-10) Walla Walla jumped ahead by 2-0, but the Gators took set number 3, and went on to lose to Walla Walla 3-1 (25-16, 25-21, 18-25, and 25-24).
On Sept. 16 the Gators made the trip to Pierce College for a one-day tournament. They split with Olympic College and Bellevue College. Olympic defeated the Gators in straight sets (25-11, 25-21, and 25-20) The Gators then defeated Bellevue College 3-1 (25-23, 25-17, 8-25, and 25-19).
The Gators then traveled to Treasure Valley Community College. Walla Walla defeated the Gators twice in straight sets, once by the score of 25-14, 25-14, and 25-13, and another by the score of 25-22, 25-18, and 25-14. Southwest Oregon defeated the Gators in straight sets twice as well by the scores of 25-16, 25-19, and 25-20 and 25-16, 25-19, and 25-16. The lone victory came against the host Treasure Valley by a score of 3-1, when the Gators dropped the first set and then came back to win three straight sets (20-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-22).
Their overall record sits at 11-12. The Gators will look to get back to .500 when they open their league season at 'The Swamp' on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. against Lower Columbia (2-10).