October 30, 2009

Eagles Sweep Montana State

Cook and Todorovich hit well, Hills sets team pace in digs with 15

Box Score

The Eastern Washington University volleyball team knocked off Montana State 25-21, 25-19, 25-22 on Friday evening (Oct. 30) to improve to 9-2 in Big Sky Conference play, 15-7 overall. The Eagles remain tied for first place in the league with Portland State.

Two Eagles had impressive hitting percentages tonight. Alysha Cook hit at a .538 clip (7-0-13), while Sara Todorovich hit .429 (6-0-14). Hayley Hills led the Eagles in kills with nine, while Ashley Hamilton tallied 31 assists.

Defensively, Hills set the pace with 15 digs, one off her season high, while JaNae Mortensen contributed 10. Chenoa Coviare had four blocks tonight to set that pace.

In the first set tonight, neither team went up by more than three points until the Eagles scored five straight to go up 22-17 on their way to a 25-21 win. In set two, Montana State jumped out to a 5-2 lead, but EWU responded with an 8-2 run to go up 10-7 and did not look back in a 25-19 victory.

The Bobcats (3-17, 1-9 BSC) also came out strong to start the third set and took a 15-14 lead midway through the stanza before the Eagles went on another timely run, this one 6-1 to go up 20-15 before claiming a 25-22 victory.

Eastern Washington next plays Montana at 6 p.m. Pacific Time on Saturday (Oct. 31).  The Grizzlies fell at home to Portland State on Friday 25-20, 25-23, 25-22 to drop to 9-12, 5-5 in Big Sky play.  

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