Chokers sweep pair in Oregon

Grays Harbor College closed out the non-conference portion of its volleyball schedule with a pair of victories over the weekend in Oregon.

The Chokers outlasted New Hope Christian, 15-25, 25-22, 24-26, 25-23, 15-12, Friday in Eugene and swept the Linfield College junior varsity, 25-13, 25-23, 25-22, Saturday in McMinnville.

Grays Harbor will take an 8-5 record into its NWAACC Western Division opener at home against Highline on Wednesday.

The Chokers took the final two sets in a back-and-forth encounter against New Hope.

“They dug up a lot of balls; we dug up a lot of balls,” Grays Harbor coach Christine Nelson said. “A lot of long, long rallies.”

Kendra Weiler had 12 kills and Chelsy Stewart eight for the Chokers. Setter Alahna Weber contributed 21 assists, while libero Kendell Kelnhofer had 16 digs.

Weiler put down 21 kills as the Chokers dispatched Linfield with greater ease.

“We came out on fire in the first game. Then they settled in and dug up a lot of balls,” Nelson said. “We finally put it away.”

Weber dished out 26 assists, while Kelnhofer brought up 16 digs.