EWU Falls In Three To No. 9 San Diego

Facing its second top-10 opponent of the year and first of the day, the Eagles fell in three to host No. 9 San Diego

Taking on their first top-10 opponent of the day, the Eastern Washington women's volleyball team fell to No. 9 San Diego in three sets Saturday, Sept. 14, as part of the USD Tournament in San Diego, Calif.

EWU falls to 3-7 on the year while USD imporoves to 6-1 with the win. Set scores for the match were: 16-25, 12-25, 12-25.

Freshman Kylie Curtis led Eastern with seven kills, hitting .222 (7-3-18) for the match. Junior Talia Fermantez added six kills on 20 swings.

Senior Lindsay Niemeier paced EWU with 18 assists while sophomore Allie Schumacher notched a team-best seven digs and two blocks.

The first set was close early as the Eagles hung with the ninth-ranked Toreros, taking a 4-3 lead on a kill from Fermantez. USD responds with a 7-2 run to take a four-point lead, 10-6, causing head coach Wade Benson to call timeout. EWU pulled to within three out of the timeout, but the hosts extended their lead to six, 18-12, on a kill from Taylor Hollins midway through the frame. The Eagles came back to within four, 20-16, on a kill from Curtis, but San Diego would score the final five points to win the opening set.

The Toreros led from the start in the second set, racing out to a 5-2 advantage. Eastern got back to within two, 6-4, on a kill from freshman Chloe Watson but the hosts scored the next three points, forcing Benson to use a timeout. The Eagles got back to within three, 10-7, on an attack error from Hollins, but the Toreros controlled the rest of the frame en route to claiming the set.

Much like the first set, Eastern stayed with USD in the early going, using a kill Curtis to take a 4-2 lead. Four consecutive points then went the Toreros' way as Benson called his first timeout of the set. The Eagles would get no closer as San Diego won three straight points out of the timeout to open up a 9-4 lead. A kill from Fermantez momentarily stopped the hosts' run, but San Diego put away seven of the next eight points, opening up a 10-point advantage that proved too much for EWU to overcome.

Katie Hoekman led the Toreros with 11 kills while Hollins contributed eight kills. USD outhit the Eagles .405 to .062 and recorded 12 blocks to the Eagles' three.

Eastern wraps up its stay in San Diego with a match versus top-ranked USC tonight at 5 p.m.

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