Eagles Swept By No. 8 Washington
Serving Miscues Plague Eastern in Final Match of The Invitational at Seattle, Wash.
The Eastern Washington University Eagles struggled to control the powerful serves of the No. 8 team in the country, as the Huskies of the University of Washington defeated EWU 3-0 (13-25, 15-25, 13-25) on Friday (Aug. 28) at the Hec-Edmunson Pavilion. The Eagles fall to 1-2 on the season, while UW remains undefeated at 2-0.
Washington tallied 14 aces in the three-set match, while the Eagles missed 12 serves of their own, resulting in a 26-point swing behind the service line alone.
Eastern came out strong in each of the three sets, but allowed Washington to go on several extensive runs, which proved too detrimental for any Eagle comeback.
For the second game in row, sophomore Shelby Puckett hit above .400 percent, as Latah, Wash., native recorded a team-leading seven kills and only one error in her 11 attempts. Senior Allison Reinstein was also strong at the net, tallying five kills and two blocks for the Red and White.
The Huskies were led by seniors Kinda Carlson and Becky Perry, both of whom finished with eight kills. Carlson also added six digs, while Perry hammered four service aces.
Eastern returns to action on Sept. 3 when they take on Missouri at the Pepperdine Asics Classic in Malibu, Calif.