|Weber State||Idaho State|
|Thursday, Oct. 17 | 6 p.m.||Saturday, Oct. 19 | 11 a.m.|
|Reese Court | Cheney, Wash.||Reese Court | Cheney, Wash.
|Match Notes | Live Stats | Live Video||Match Notes | Live Stats | Live Video|
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After spending the last two weekends on the road, the Eastern Washington women's volleyball team is back in the friendly confines of Reese Court for a pair of matches this week, hosting Weber State and Idaho State in Big Sky counters. The Eagles square off with the Wildcats on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m. before taking on the Bengals on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Fans with tickets to Saturday's home football game will be given free admission to Saturday's match by visiting the ticket booth on the north side of Reese Court.
Eastern (6-13, 3-5 Big Sky) dropped league tilts at North Dakota and Northern Colorado last weekend after splitting two contests at Southern Utah and Northern Arizona two weeks ago. All told, the Eagles traveled 5,435 miles over the last two weeks, setting foot in five different states, four different airports and three different time zones.
Facing a North Dakota team that had won its previous eight matches, the Eagles dropped a tough first set before responding with strong performances in the second and third frames. Eastern staved off set point in the second frame five times before UND finally won a point. The third set was equally close as EWU answered every North Dakota point to keep it interesting. UND ended the set on a 3-0 run to win the match and remain unbeaten in Big Sky play.
Eastern lost the first two sets at Northern Colorado before rebounding to win the third set, 26-24. The fourth set was a back-and-forth affair that saw neither team gain any separation. The Eagles pulled to within one, 20-19, but the Bears scored five of the final six points to win the match.
Senior Lindsay Niemeier continued her strong play, totaling 51 assists on the weekend. She had 21 helpers against North Dakota and added a career-best seven kills. She went for 30 assists and eight digs versus Northern Colorado, narrowly missing out on her fourth double-double of the year.
Sophomore Ryann Ensrud put together two solid performances at libero, notching 17 digs against North Dakota and 15 digs against Northern Colorado. Freshman Chloe Watson also had a strong game against the Bears, tallying eight kills and nine digs.
Weber State (5-16, 1-7 BSC) enters Thursday's match having lost 10 of its last 11 matches, including its last three outings. The Wildcats' lone league win came at the expense of Northern Colorado back in September. McKay Tarbox is one of just five players to average more than four digs per set while Megan Bean ranks fifth in the Big Sky with an average of 1.17 blocks per set.
Idaho State (12-7, 6-2 BSC) are currently tied for second place in the league standings after winning four straight conference matches. The Bengals have dropped just two total sets during its current winning streak, sweeping Montana State, Montana and Sacramento State. Lori Mendenhall-Lee leads all Big Sky players in assists per set with an average of 10.86 while Makenzie Filer ranks second in the conference in hitting percentage, swinging at a .400 clip. Tressa Lyman leads the Bengals in kills with an average of 3.61 per set.