|Sacramento State||at Portland State|
|Thursday, Sept. 19 | 6 p.m.||Monday, Sept. 23 | 7 p.m.|
|Reese Court | Cheney, Wash.||Stott Center | Portland, Ore.|
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After a grueling nonconference schedule, the Eastern Washington women's volleyball team opens Big Sky play this Thursday, Sept. 19, versus Sacramento State. Not only is Thursday's match the Eagles' first league counter, it also marks the first time EWU will play in front of its home fans at Reese Court. Eastern will then turn around and hit the road for a conference match at travel partner Portland State on Monday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m.
The Eagles (3-8) faced arguably the toughest nonconference slate in program history this season, taking on three foes ranked in the top nine of the AVCA Poll. Eastern played a quartet of California schools last week, taking on San Jose State on Wednesday, Sept. 11, before playing in the prestigious USD Tournament in San Diego, Calif. EWU fell in five hard-fought sets to the Spartans last Wednesday, then opened their stay in San Diego with a loss to UC Santa Barbara on Friday, Sept. 13. The Eagles took on then-No. 9 San Diego in their first match on Saturday, falling in three sets, before losing to top-ranked USC in their nightcap. Eastern opened the year against then-No. 8 Oregon at the Oregon Classic in Eugene, Ore., then fell to Ohio, now ranked 24th, in the same tournament. EWU also faced PAC-12 member Washington State and Big XII member Texas Tech. Eastern defeated the Red Raiders in four sets, marking just the second time in nine tries that EWU beat a Big XII program.
Freshman Kylie Curtis earned the first honor of her young career last week as she was selected to the USD Tournament All-Tournament Team. She put away seven kills on 18 swings against the host Toreros, adding three digs. Against top-ranked USC, she hit .353 (8-2-17) and added three digs and two blocks. She opened the weekend with five digs versus UC Santa Barbara, one off her career high. Curtis kicked off the week with a 10-kill, three-block performance against San Jose State.
Senior Lindsay Niemeier recorded her second double-double of the year against San Jose State, recording 35 assists and 14 digs versus the Spartans along with a season-high six kills. Her first double-double of the year came in the Eagles' four-set win over Texas Tech at the Cougar Challenge in Pullman, Wash., earlier this month. She had 34 assists and 10 digs versus the Red Raiders.