Eastern Washington utilizes trio of runs to put away Vandals in non-conference tilt
The Eastern Washington University volleyball team knocked off Idaho in a non-conference match on Wednesday evening (Sept. 30) by 25-18, 25-17, 21-25, 25-22 scores.
In the contest, Lindsey Petroni tallied 33 digs, tied for the seventh-most in school history as well as tied for the second-highest total in a match fewer than five sets long. The dig sum also tied for the sixth-most by any Division I player in a match four sets or fewer so far in 2009. Incredibly, the sophomore more than doubled her previous career high of 14, originally set in a 3-0 loss at No. 9 California on Sept. 11.
To put the incredible feat into perspective, Petroni entered tonight's match with 57 career digs total, 42 of those coming this year and 15 last year as a freshman. Incredibly, every single one of those 57 digs came away from Reese Court, as tonight marked her first-ever dig in a home match. Then, after doing so, she proceeded to secure the 17th spot on Eastern's 30-dig club.
Offensively, Chenoa Coviare and Hayley Hills contributed 12 kills apiece to lead the Eagles in that category. Shelby Puckett hit at a .556 clip (5-0-9), while Ashley Hamilton contributed 41 assists. Other double-digit dig totals were attained by Amanda Yausie and Hills, as they had 10 apiece. Sara Todorovich contributed five blocks to tonight's win.
The Eagles (9-5) utilized a number of streaks to take tonight's contest. In the first set, a 13-1 run erased a 12-9 deficit and turned it into 22-13 lead. In set two, a 16-15 Idaho lead became a 24-16 Eastern advantage on the strength of a dominating 9-0 run. Then, in the fourth set, the Eagles pulled away from a 20-20 tie with a 4-0 spurt.
The third set saw Idaho (5-9) pull away from a narrow 21-20 advantage with a set-ending 4-1 run.
Prior to the match, the 2008 squad received its rings for claiming the Big Sky regular-season title, and the banner commemerating the event was unveiled.
Eastern Washington returns to Big Sky play with a home match versus Sacramento State at 7 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 2). The Hornets are 9-7, 1-1 in Big Sky play. Eastern will bring a 4-0 league mark into the match.