Sophomore middle blocker leads Eagles in trio of matches in Spokane
Sophomore Talia Fermantez was recognized for her strong performance both offensively and defensively at the Gonzaga Invitational. The 6-1 middle blocker was one of six elite athletes named to the All-Tournament team following the two-day event in Spokane, Wash.
Fermantez, a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, averaged 3.20 kills per set and 1.20 blocks in Eastern’s three matches against UC Riverside, South Dakota State and host-Gonzaga. She registered 32 total kills on the weekend, with just eight errors on 74 attempts for an impressive .324 attack percentage.
She also had 12 total blocks, which was three times as many as any other player on the team.
Fermantez scored a total of 39 points for her team at the tourney.
In Eastern’s narrow 3-1 loss to tournament-champion South Dakota State, Fermantez posted a career-high 16 kills - three more than her previous career high. She also contributed two digs and a team-high five blocks.
Against UC Riverside and Gonzaga, Fermantez had a combined 16 kills with only two offensive errors for a hitting percentage of .333 in the two matches.
The most veteran of Eastern’s four middle blockers, Fermantez has been relied on this season to lead the young group. She has started every match for the Eagles in 2012, and played in all 24 sets.
Eastern will wrap up its non-conference slate this week with four matches in four days. Eastern plays at Boise State on Wednesday (Sept. 4) before heading to Ames, Iowa to face Iowa State, Syracuse and Iowa as part of the Iowa State Challenge Sept. 7-8.