Resilient Eagles Battle Back for Win
Eagles rally back from two sets down to topple the Hornets 3-2 and finish the regular season in second place in the Big Sky Conference
The Eastern Washington University volleyball team dropped the first two sets but came back to defeat the Sacramento State Hornets 3-2 Saturday night (Nov. 21) in Sacramento, Calif. The scores were 19-25, 22-25, 25-19, 25-23 and 15-13.
Eastern's Chenoa Coviare finished the match hitting .385 with 19 kills, and Ashley Hamilton finished with 50 assists and 12 digs. Hayley Hills added 11 kills with 13 digs and Sara Todorovich contributed 10 kills. Libero JaNae Mortensen had a team-high 23 digs.
The Eagles (18-10, 12-4) entered tonight's match in a tie for second place with Northern Colorado, each sporting league records of 11-4. Northern Colorado also won tonight against Northern Arizona 3-1, but because Eastern swept the Bears in their matches this season, the Eagles own the tiebreaker and finish in second-place.
Eastern will host the four-team Big Sky Conference Championships on Nov. 27-28 at Reese Court. The Eagles are the No. 2 seed, thus will match up with No. 3 seed Northern Colorado on Friday (Nov. 27) at 7 p.m. The No. 1 seed Portland State will take on No. 4 seed Montana. The winners of the semifinals will play in the title game, with that winner earning the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament, which starts the following weekend.
The Eagles previously hosted the tournament in 2004, 2003, 2002 and 1989.