November 16, 2010

Eagles Wrap Up 2010 Campaign with Crosstwon Rival Gonzaga and Big Sky Foe Sacramento State

Eastern to honor four seniors on Saturday at Reese Court in final game of 2010 season

Upcoming Games

EWU vs. Gonzaga
Wednesday, Nov. 17 - 7:00 p.m.
Martin Centre - Spokane, Wash.

EWU vs. Sacramento State
Saturday, Nov. 20 - 7 p.m.
Reese Court  - Cheney, Wash.

Coverage

Webcasts (All home games and all Big Sky Conference games): http://www.bigskytv.org
Live Stats: http://web.ewu.edu/groups/athletics/wbasketball/wblivestats/xlive.htm


After narrowly missing its shot to remain in the running for a Big Sky Tournament bid, the Eastern Washington University volleyball team prepares for its final two matches of the season against Gonzaga on Wednesday (Nov. 17) and Sacramento State on Saturday (Nov. 20).

The Eagles were knocked out of postseason contention when the Lumberjacks of Northern Arizona outlasted EWU in a five-set thriller in Flagstaff on Nov. 13. The Eagles had a season-high 18 blocks and held a 57-51 edge in digs in the contest, but the team could not withstand two extensive runs by NAU in the fourth and fifth sets, and ended up falling 22-25, 26-24, 26-28, 25-20, 15-10.

In spite of the emotional loss that ended a 14-year streak of postseason appearances for EWU, the Eagles will look to close out the 2010 campaign on a high note with competitive matches against Gonzaga and Sac State.

The Eagles will first see non-conference foe GU in Spokane on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Eastern holds a 28-16 advantage in the all-time series with the Bulldogs, which includes back-to-back wins in the most recent meetings in 2008 and 2009. The Eagles are 11-8 when playing at the Martin Centre and have lost only one game on GU's home court in the last decade.

After the showdown with its nearby rival, Eastern will return to Cheney to play its final Big Sky game of the year against Sacramento State. The Hornets are currently tied for third in the league standings with an 8-6 record. Sac State will be hungry for a win against the Eags, as the team is still in the running for a bid to the Big Sky tournament.

Sac State was the victor in the first meeting of the regular-season series, beating EWU in four sets (25-14, 25-27, 25-17, 25-22). Although Eastern held a 15-10 advantage in total blocks in that contest, the Hornets recorded 15 more kills and 17 more digs than the Red and White.

The all-time series between the Eagles and Hornets stands at 27-12, in favor of Sac State. The Hornets also hold a slight 9-8 edge in games played in Cheney, but this year, the Eagles have dropped only two conference matches on their home court. Both of those matches were five-set affairs and they were against the league's top dogs in Northern Colorado and Portland State. Prior to EWU's loss in Sacramento earlier this season, the Eagles had won four straight matches against the team from the Golden State.

Saturday's contest will also be senior night at Reese Court, as the Eagles honor its four senior members in Jacque Brown, Alysha Cook, Chenoa Coviare and Allison Reinstein.

Senior Highlights

Jacque Brown

  • 2010 Team Captain
  • Four-year letter winner -- played in 308 total sets for the Red and White
  • Three-time Big Sky All-Academic team (2007-09)
  • The only Eagle on the 2010 roster who has started all 25 matches of the season
  • The only senior with 500+ kills and  digs in her career
  • In league-only statistics, Brown ranks among the top 10 in the BSC in digs per set (3.27)
  • Registered five double-doubles this year, which ties for the most on the team
  • Set three career-high marks this season, including five assists vs. Northern Arizona (10/15/10), 24 digs versus Montana (10/30/10) and five blocks at Northern Arizona (11/13/10)

Alysha Cook

  • Four-year letterwinner – played in 321 total sets for Eastern
  • Three-time Big Sky All-Academic team (2007-09)
  • 2008 All-Big Sky Honorable Mention
  • 2007 All-Big Sky Second Team
  • Big Sky Player of the Week (Nov. 10, 2007)
  • Set a career-high in kills this season with 29 against Montana (9/17/10), which was the third-best offensive performance in the Big Sky this season

Chenoa Coviare

  • 2010 Team Captain
  • Four-year letterwinner – played in 406 sets for EWU
  • 2009 All-Big Sky First Team
  • 2009 Big Sky All-Tournament Team
  • 2008 All-Big Sky Second Team
  • Big Sky Player of the Week (Sept. 27, 2010)
  • Oregon Classic All-Tournament Team (Aug. 28-29, 2009)
  • Nike Cougar Challenge All-Tournament Team (Sept. 9-10, 2010)
  • Finished her EWU career with 470 total blocks, which ranks fourth in the Eastern all-time record book
  • Ranks fourth on EWU's single-season blocks list with 144 blocks in 2009, and third in single-season blocks per set with a 1.35 average also in 2009
  • One of only four active players in the Big Sky to record 1,000+ kills in her career, and the only player on the 2010 Eagle roster to accomplish the feat. Coviare has had 1,012 total kills in her tenure.
  • In 2009 and 2010, Coviare was among the top 50 blockers in the nation for NCAA Division I athletes. She ranked 19th in 2009 with 1.35 blocks per set and 36th in 2010 with 1.23 blocks per set
  • Registered two double-doubles in 2010, including 15 kills and 11 blocks at Sacramento State, which was the second-best blocking performance in the Big Sky this season

Allison Reinstein

  • Four-year letterwinner – played in 346 sets for the Eagles
  • Three-time Big Sky All-Academic team
  • Eastern Washington Scholar Athlete of the Month (September 2010)
  • Pepperdine Asics Classic All-Tournament Team (Sept. 3-4, 2010)
  • Set her career high in kills with 13 against Sac State (11/21/08) and a career high in blocks with 11 against Northern Colorado (9/27/07)

Eagle News & Notes

Postseason Streak Comes to an End -  For the first time since 1995, the Eastern Washington University women's volleyball team will not advance to postseason play. On Nov. 13, the Eagles suffered a heartbreaking five-set loss to Northern Arizona, which knocked the team out of Big Sky tournament contention for the 2010 season. With only one match remaining on its conference schedule, the Eagles are tied for sixth in the Big Sky with a 6-9 overall record. Prior to this season, the Eagles had not only earned a bid to the tournament, but had finished in the top three of the regular season standings for 14-straight years. Northern Colorado and Portland State, who are tied for the top spot in the BSC with identical 13-2 records, have already punched their tickets to the 2010 tourney, held in Portland, Ore. The No. 3 and No. 4 spots will be determined after this weekend's matches, as Idaho State, Sacramento State and Montana are all still in the hunt.

Rossi-Childress Steps Up – Eastern Washington's star middle blocker, Chenoa Coviare, went down with an injury four games before the end of the 2010 conference season. Although an irreplaceable member, the Eagles turned to junior-transfer Chenoa Rossi-Childress to fill the unexpected void. Rossi-Childress has had an immediate impact since earning a spot in the starting lineup. In the last three matches combined, the Las Vegas, Nev., native has tallied 24 kills and 18 blocks, which is the most blocks for any player on the team in the last two weeks. In Eastern's five-set battle with Northern Arizona, Rossi-Childress earned her first-career double-double, as she had 12 kills and 10 blocks. She also recorded a career-high four service aces in the match.

Coviare Suffers Season-Ending Injury Senior middle blocker Chenoa Coviare had her final season with the Eagles cut short due to a knee injury suffered in the second play of the game against Portland State on Nov. 6. Coviare, a standout on the team for the last four seasons, will finish her EWU career as the fourth-leading blocker in Eastern history. She has tallied 470 total blocks in her career, including 103 in 2010. Coviare is also one of the elite few to eclipse 1,000 kills in her career, as she has amassed 1,012 total. Prior to the injury, Coviare was averaging 1.23 blocks per set in 2010, which ranked second in the Big Sky Conference and 36th in the nation. In league-only statistics, Coviare is No. 1 in blocks with 1.51 per set. She also ranks fourth in hitting percentage (.329) and eighth in points (3.58 per set).

Eagles Dip Deep - The EWU volleyball team has tallied triple-digit digs in back-to-back contests. In Eastern's five-set victory over Montana on Oct. 30, the team recorded a season-high 108 pickups. On Nov. 6 against Portland State, the Eags had 100 digs in five sets. In both of those matches, senior Jacque Brown and junior libero Lindsey Petroni had 20+ digs. Petroni led the team both nights with 29 pickups against UM and 26 against PSU. Brown had a career-high 24 against Montana, and then followed that performance with 22 against the Vikings. Three other Eagles set career-highs in digs in one or the other of the two matches. Ashley Wright had 12 against Montana, while setters Lindsay Niemeier and Laney Brown tallied 17 and 14 versus Portland State, respectively.

EWU Home Attendance Highest in the Sky – Eastern Washington has the highest home attendance in the Big Sky Conference this season. In its eight matches played on Reese Court thus far into 2010, 6,305 total fans have come out to watch. EWU averages 788 fans per game, which is at least 300 more than any other school in the Big Sky. This fan support translates into supreme success for the Eags, as the team has earned a 116-20 overall record in games played on Reese Court in the last 14 years!

Eagle Endurance - Eastern Washington has played in seven five-set matches during the 2010 Big Sky season, which is the most for any team in the conference. The Eagles have a 2-5 record in those marathon matches, with the two wins coming against Weber State and Montana. The Eagles have also lost to Weber State and Montana, as well as dropping a match to Northern Colorado, Portland State and Northern Arizona. Overall, Eastern has played in eight five-set matches in 2010.

Sizzling Statistics – The Eagles are statistically among the top five teams in the league in five different categories. The team leads the conference in blocks, averaging 2.73 per set. The Eagles are third in opponent hitting percentage (.166), and fifth in assists (11.60/set), kills (12.37) and digs 15.94. Individually, Chenoa Coviare leads the league in blocks (1.51/set), is fourth in hitting percentage (.329) and ninth in points (3.58/set). Senior Alysha Cook is eighth in the blocking category with 0.93 per set. Lindsey Petroni is fifth in digs with 4.27 per set and Jacque Brown is 10th in that same category with 3.27 per set. Redshirt-freshman Lindsay Niemeier ranks sixth among setters with 6.69 assists per set, while sophomore Laney Brown is ninth at 5.56 per set.

Eagles Turn in Top Performances in BSC – The EWU volleyball team has had several stellar individual performances that are among the top of the Big Sky Conference's "match highs." Senior Alysha Cook recorded a career-high 29 kills versus Montana (Sept. 17), which ranks third in the BSC for most kills in a match this season. Cook also ranks third in points scored in a single match, as she tallied 32.5 total in the five-set battle in Missoula. Senior Chenoa Coviare turned in the second-best blocking performance in the Big Sky with her 11 blocks in Eastern's narrow loss to Sacramento State (Oct. 1). In the other defensive category, Lindsey Petroni's 32 pickups against Montana (Sept. 17) and Northern Colorado (Oct. 16) are tied for the third-best mark in the BSC. Lindsay Niemeier ranks third the assists match high list with her 57 against Montana (Sept. 17).

Double-Double Trouble - So far this season, seven different Eagles have recorded double-doubles. Senior captain Jacque Brown and redshirt-freshman Lindsay Niemeier lead the way with five, while Sophomore Shelby Puckett follows with four. Sophomore setter Laney Brown and redshirt-freshman Ashley Wright have each earned three double-doubles in 2010, and Chenoa Coviare has two in her season stats. Junior Chenoa Rossi-Childress is the most recent Eagle to notch a double-double in 2010, as she earned the first one of her career against Northern Arizona on Nov. 13. (see complete notes packet for more details on the Eagle double-doubles).

Reinstein is Eastern's Scholar Athlete of the Month for September - Allison Reinstein was selected by the Eastern athletics department as its female Scholar-Athlete for the month of September. Reinstein, a native of Livermore, Calif., is pursuing a degree in visual communication design with a minor in business administration. Having just starter her senior year, Reinstein is on track to graduate after the Fall 2010 term, at which point she will enter graduate school at Eastern. Reinstein holds a cumulative GPA of 3.73 and has been named to the Academic All-Big Sky team for three consecutive years. The senior middle blocker has started 15 of Eastern's 16 contests in the 2010 campaign, and ranks first on the squad in attack percentage (.247) and second I total blocks (38). She has tallied 111 kills thus far in the season, and leads the team in service aces with 13. Reinstein turned in her best performance so far in the 2010 season at Idaho on Sept. 10, when she hammered 10 kills with only one error on 19 attempts. That offensive efficiency of .474 was the best recorded by an Eagle all season (of hitters who had 10 or more kills in a match).

Coviare Lays Claim to Weekly Conference Honors – Senior Chenoa Coviare was rewarded for her stellar performances in Eastern's home openers versus Idaho State and Weber State, as she was tabbed as the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week on Sept. 27. The senior from Medford, Ore., played a pivotal role in helping EWU capture its first two victories of the 2010 Big Sky season, and its first wins since the team's first game of the 2010 campaign. In the two games played at Reese Court on Sept. 24 and 25, Coviare recorded a stunning .477 attack percentage with 23 total kills and only two errors in her 47 attempts. She was the only Eagle to hit above .400 on both nights, and averaged 2.56 kills per set in the nine sets she played. In addition to her offensive prowess, Coviare led the team at the net with 16 total blocks. She scored 31.5 total points, which was the most for any player on the squad. She earned her first double-double of the season in Eastern's 3-1 victory against Idaho State, as she recorded 11 kills and 10 blocks. Coviare's first block against the Bengals was the 400th of her career. In the dramatic five-set match against Weber State, Coviare had 12 kills and a team-leading six blocks, four of which came in the crucial fourth and fifth sets. She scored five of the first seven points for Eastern in the rubber game, after she rattled off three quick kills and back-to-back blocks. She also contributed three digs in that match.

Cook Makes Statement in Missoula – Senior right-side hitter Alysha Cook earned a new career record when she hammered 29 kills in Eastern's Big Sky opener against Montana on Sept. 17. Her previous career-high for kills was 19, which she recorded against Northern Colorado back in 2007. The Kennewick, Wash., native led all hitters in the match in Missoula, as she committed only four errors in her 51 attempts for a stunning .431 attack percentage. She also contributed a team-leading seven blocks, and also set a new career-record in digs with seven. Cook, who had to sit out the first six matches of the 2010 season due to injury, returned to the lineup on Sept. 9 when EWU faced the Cougars of Washington State.

Coviare Recognized for Strong Play in Pullman - Chenoa Coviare was named to the Nike Cougar Challenge All-Tournament Team for her efforts against Washington State and Cal Poly on Sept. 9 and 10, respectively. The senior from Medford, Ore., recorded 15 kills and six blocks in the two games played in Pullman, Wash. Coviare led the Eagles in the matchup with the Cougars, recording an impressive .350 attack percentage (10-3-20). She also picked up one block and one service ace in the exciting three-set match. As a team, Eastern tallied a season-high 10 blocks against the Cal Poly Mustangs, four of which came at the hands of Coviare. Coviare currently leads the team in blocks this season with 61 total. She averages 1.05 blocks per set, which ranks fourth in the Big Sky Conference.

Reinstein Named to All-Tournament Team - EWU senior middle blocker Allison Reinstein was one of six elite athletes named to the Pepperdine Asics Classic All-Tournament Team, announced Sept. 4 by the tournament officials. She recorded the best attack percentage on the Eagle squad at .219 (12-5-32), while also leading the team at the net with five total blocks. She averaged 1.33 kills per set over the weekend, and tallied three service aces. In total, Reinstein scored 18 points for her team, which was the second-best overall effort for an Eagle at the tournament in Malibu. Reinstein's overall season attack percentage of .257 (95-36-230) is the best on the squad, while ranking eighth in the Big Sky Conference.

Eagles Endure Stringent Schedule - Of the nine opponents appearing on Eastern's pre-Big Sky schedule, five of them had or are still appearing in AVCA Top 25 poll. In the Eagles first weekend of 2010 season, they faced one of the top 15 programs in the nation in Washington. The Huskies were ranked No. 8 at the time, and defeated EWU 3-0 (25-13, 25-15, 25-13). At the Pepperdine Asics Classic, Eastern faced three teams who were all receiving votes in that week's AVCA Top 25 poll (released Sept. 6), while two of those teams are still receiving votes in the eighth poll, released Nov. 15. At the Nike Cougar Challenge Tournament, EWU played Washington State, who earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament last season and Cal Poly, who received 12 votes in the latest national poll.

Eagles Honored by AVCA - EWU earned the America Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award for its triumphs in the classroom during the 2009-10 school year. The AVCA Team Academic Award honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that display excellence in the classroom during the year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 team GPA on a 5.0 scale. Head coach Miles Kydd's team compiled an impressive 3.54 cumulative GPA during the 2009-10 academic year. In addition to the national recognition, the Eags also distinguished themselves in the Big Sky Conference, as 11 members were named to the 2009 BSC All-Academic team; the most for any volleyball squad in the league.

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