August 29, 2009

Eagles Fall to 14th-Ranked Ducks

Box Score

Eastern Washington wraps up play at Oregon Classic versus USF this afternoon

The Eastern Washington University volleyball team dropped a 25-16, 25-11, 25-22 decision to host and 14th-ranked Oregon on Saturday morning (Aug. 29) in its middle contest of three at the Oregon Classic.

The powerful Ducks took control of the first two sets from start to finish. In the first stanza, Oregon pulled away from a 4-4 tie to go up 12-5 and did not look back, as the closest Eastern would get would be 17-13. In the second set, Oregon went up 14-4 on its way to a comfortable victory.

However, Eastern Washington stayed right with the nationally-ranked Ducks for much of the third set, getting to within 15-14 and 21-19 before Oregon put the match away with a 25-22 set victory.

Chenoa Coviare and Cora Kellerman led the Eagles in kills with five apiece, while Coviare and Jacque Brown set the team pace in digs with four apiece. Coviare also had a team-high four blocks in the match to go with a .364 hitting percentage (5-1-11).

Shelby Puckett, playing her first collegiate match, also hit well against the Ducks, recording a .429 average (4-1-7).

Oregon, who has advanced to the Sweet 16 the past two seasons, improved to 2-0, while the Eagles fell to 1-1. Eastern Washington will wrap up its play at the tournament at 4:30 p.m. versus San Francisco.

The Dons are 0-1 entering a match with Missouri State early this afternoon. San Francisco, like Missouri State who Eastern defeated 3-1 on Friday (Aug. 28), are receiving votes in the AVCA Coaches Top 25 Preseason Poll and played in last year's NCAA Tournament.

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