Despite the return of two Big Sky MVPs, alumni no match for the 2010 Eagles
The Eastern Washington Eagles kicked off their 2010 campaign with an exhibition match versus the EWU Alumni team on Saturday (Aug. 21) at Reese Court. The Eagles were victorious in their debut, as they defeated the alumni 3-1 (25-20, 25-15, 23-25, 25-18).
Sophomore Shelby Puckett led Eastern with 21 kills, followed by senior Chenoa Coviare, who contributed 13. Redshirt-freshman Ashley Wright also earned double-digits kills, as she chipped in 10. As a team, the Eagles recorded 61 kills, as opposed to just 40 for the alumni.
The defensive effort was slightly more even, as both teams picked up 63 total digs. Junior Lindsey Petroni led the Eagles with 14, while senior captain Jacque Brown was also sharp on defense, tallying 11 pickups.
For the alumni, 2008 graduate Mandy Daniels was, as usual, busy in the back court, recording a team-leading 14 digs. Daniels is the EWU record-holder for career digs per set (4.49), while ranking fourth overall in total career digs (1,428).
Keva Sonderen, the 2004 Big Sky Conference Most Valuable Player, led the offensive effort for the alumni with 10 kills. Eastern Athletics Hall of Famer Juli Argotow added seven kills and seven digs for her squad. Argotow was also a Big Sky Conference Most Valuable Player, as well as a BSC Tournament MVP, both of which she earned in 1989.
The Eagles will head across the state on Aug. 27-28 for their first official tune up of the 2010 season. As part of The Invitational at Seattle, Wash., Eastern will play Mercer on Friday at 11 a.m. and Seattle on Saturday at 11 a.m., both games taking place at the University of Seattle. The final match of the tournament will take place at the Hec-Edmundson Pavilion on the campus of the University of Washington, when the Eagles face the preseason No. 8 Huskies on Saturday at 7 p.m.