LACEY — There were a number of times The Evergreen State College appeared to have stolen the momentum.
But whenever that happened, Kristyn Ross was there, winding up and aggressively attacking the net, reclaiming the momentum with one big swing after another.
The junior outside hitter posted a team-high 18 kills while hitting .432 overall to lead Saint Martin’s University to a 3-1 (25-17, 22-25, 25-19, 25-18) win over Evergreen in a non-conference volleyball match Tuesday night at Marcus Pavilion.
Cymbree Decosta directed the Saints’ offense, dishing out 49 assists, while Carrie Starbuck and Kyra Davidson each registered 10 kills.
“(Cymbree) did a great job spreading it around tonight and setting us up for a lot of one-on-one attacks,” said Ross, a graduate of
Capital High School. “She was reading the defense really well, and we did what we needed to do as hitters.”
Jessica Riddle added 23 digs, and Brooke Good had nine kills and four digs to help Saint Martin’s improve to 3-10 this season.
The Geoducks were led by Victoria Love with 20 kills, while Molly King chipped in 11. Kelsey Delagrange had 40 assists and Liza Domingo had 24 digs for Evergreen (2-7).
The Saints out-hit the Geoducks .266-.176 in the match.
Evergreen took a 3-0 lead to begin the first game before an ace from Decosta tied the set at 6-6. The Saints used a 7-1 run, getting a pair of kills from Davidson and an ace from Good, to grab an 18-12 lead.
The Geoducks responded with a 4-0 run, cutting its deficit to two points at 18-16. But SMU outscored Evergreen 7-1 down the stretch to put away the first game, 25-17.
Davidson, Ross and Starbuck each posted four kills for the Saints in the game as Saint Martin’s out-hit Evergreen .289 to .077.
The teams traded points to start the second game before Molly King’s kill capped a 4-0 run by the Geoducks, pushing Evergreen’s lead to 18-14.
An ace from Ross cut the Saints’ deficit to 23-22, but a kill from Brandee Victorino followed by a block from Brittany Covert ended the game and gave the Geoducks a 25-22 win.
Back-to-back aces from Good helped the Saints double up Evergreen 16-8 in third game.
Love put up a match-high eight kills in the game, but it wasn’t enough as the Saints scored five of the final seven points to win 25-19.
Saint Martin’s closed out the fourth game on an 11-2 run, a Good kill ending it at 25-18.
The Saints return to action at 7 p.m. Wednesday when they play host to Northwest University in a Great Northwest Conference match.