Eastern Falls to Gonzaga in Three Quick Sets

Eagles look ahead to final Big Sky matchup of season and senior night at Reese Court

The Eastern Washington University volleyball team suffered a 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-14) sweep at the hands of non-conference rival Gonzaga on Wednesday (Nov. 17) in Spokane, Wash. The Eagles struggled from the very first serve, recording only 25 total kills in the match.

Although Gonzaga did not display an entirely efficient offense itself, hitting at a .176 clip (36-18-102), the Bulldogs managed to keep Eastern from gaining any momentum with its 13 blocks and 60 digs.

The Eagles recorded a -.024 attack percentage, which is the second-worst offensive output of the season for the Red and White. Seniors Allison Reinstein and Alysha Cook were the only two players to have positive hitting numbers, as Reinstein had five kills and only one error in her 21 attempts and Cook tallied five kills with three errors on 24 swings.

Senior Jacque Brown had 10 digs for the Eagles and junior Chenoa Rossi-Childress contributed four blocks, but the team as a whole was not clicking at any point in the three-set match.

"I'm not sure what each individual player was thinking in her head, but based on our performance, it looked like nobody wanted to play tonight," said EWU head coach Miles Kydd. "As a Division I athlete, competing and playing in these matches is supposed to be the reward. That did not come through in anyone tonight. The players on the court were not helping each other, and our cohesion suffered as a result."

The Bulldogs were led by sophomore Terran Poindexter, who had 11 kills on a .269 efficiency. GU's Schylur Edelman tallied nine blocks, three of which were solo, while the Bulldogs also had three players with double-digit digs.

Eastern will play its final match of the 2010 season on Saturday (Nov. 20), when it takes on Sacramento State on senior night at Reese Court. The Eagles will honor its four senior members, Jacque Brown, Alysha Cook, Chenoa Coviare and Allison Reinstein, prior to the start of the match.

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