Eastern to be tested by well-rounded alumni team
The Eastern Washington University volleyball team will take the court for the first time this season when it hosts the annual Alumni Scrimmage Saturday (Aug. 20) at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash.
The event starts at 1 p.m. and is free to the public.
Fans will have a chance to preview the 2011 Eagle squad, which features four returning starters from a year ago, five other letterwinners and six newcomers. Additionally, junior Cora Kellerman and freshman Britta Forsythe will be in action after redshirting the 2010 season.
The opposition on Saturday is a talented group of nine former Eagle volleyball players. Of the nine returning alumni, three appear in the EWU record book - and each one in a different statistical category.
Eastern will welcome back the 2008 Big Sky MVP Hayley Hills, who is second in the career book for kills, kills per set and attack attempts. She is also one of just two players in school history to tally 30 or more kills in a single match. In fact, Hills is the only Eagle to do it twice in her career.
Hills should have little trouble racking up the kills during her return on Saturday, as her likely setter will be 1992 graduate Tina Hinman (formerly Kaay). Hinman is sixth in the career record book for assists (2,522), and she is also Eastern's sole record holder for career sets played, having appeared in 455 throughout her four-year tenure.
In addition to its offensive threats, the alumni will also have a defensive expert on hand in the form of Angela Newcomb (formerly Grant). Newcomb is third in the record book for career digs, having amassed 1,481 from 1989-2002. During that time, Newcomb played in 440 total sets, which also ranks third in school history.
Rounding out the alumni roster will be Kayla Mainer, Angela Spoja (formerly Frederick), DeAnna Rinta (formerly Albers), Shannon Russell (formerly Horn) and Claudia Crosby (formerly Zamora) - the mother of current Eagle, Celeste Crosby.