Eagles Drop Three-Set Decision to Portland State
Eastern staves off set point nine separate times, but fall to first-place Vikings
The Eastern Washington University volleyball team dropped a 26-24, 25-21, 25-22 decision to Portland State on Friday evening (Nov. 6).
The loss dropped the Eagles to 9-4 in Big Sky Conference play and into third place, behind Portland State (17-7, 11-2 BSC) and Northern Colorado (17-9, 10-2 BSC).
Ashley Hamilton recorded 30 assists tonight and hit .778 (7-0-9). Leading the Eagles in kills was Hayley Hills with 12, while Jacque Brown hit at a .375 clip (6-0-16). JaNae Mortensen set the team pace in digs with 16, while Chenoa Coviare recorded five blocks against the Vikings.
The Eagles (15-9) fell behind in the first set 24-20, but battled off four straight set points to tie the stanza 24-24. Unfortunately for EWU, the Vikings then secured the next two tallies to take a 26-24 win. In set two, Portland State went up 21-17 and held on for a 25-21 win.
In the third set, Eastern Washington fell behind 24-17 but the Eagles fought off five consecutive match points to cut their deficit to just two at 24-22 before the Vikings put the contest away, 25-22.
The Eagles now return to the EWU campus for its final two regular-season home matches of the 2009 season. First up is Northern Colorado, as the Bears will take on Eastern at 7 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 13). That match is pivotal to Eastern's goals of finishing towards the top of the standings.