Eastern records its highest hitting percentage of the year behind by Julian's error-free night
Cheney, Wash. – Playing at home for the first time in three weeks, the Eastern Washington women's volleyball team put together a complete performance in its convincing sweep of Weber State Thursday, Oct. 17, in a Big Sky tilt at Reese Court.
Eastern improves to 7-13 and 4-5 in league action with the win while Weber State falls to 5-18 (1-8 Big Sky) with the loss. Set scores for the match were: 25-17, 25-15, 25-14.
Junior Kelsey Julian had a spectacular night, leading all players with 12 kills on just 15 swings, committing no errors for a hitting percentage of .800. She added a team-best seven digs and four service aces, both season-highs.
As a team, the Eagles swung at a .438 clip, committing just nine errors on 73 attacks. Eastern's previous season high was a .333 hitting percentage against Seattle back on Sept. 2. EWU committed 11 errors in that match.
"We all just did our jobs," Julian said. "We had solid passing, solid serving, and solid offense. We played together and got the win."
Senior Lindsay Niemeier tallied 32 assists to go along with three digs and three blocks.
Eastern led from start to finish in the first set, racing out to a 7-2 lead on a kill from sophomore Allison Doerpinghaus. Weber State called its first timeout after a service ace from Julain gave the Eagles an 18-13 lead. Out of the timeout, a second service ace and kills from Fermantez and Wright gave EWU a commanding eight-point lead, allowing the Eagles to cruise to victory in the opening frame.
The Wildcats came out determined in the second set, taking an early lead on a block from Audrey Hunter and Whitney Hunt. Undeterred, the Eagles quickly took command, stringing together multiple points to take a 16-9 lead. A kill from Mariah Kahawaii brought the visitors to within six, 20-9, but they would get no closer as Julian put away a kill from junior Stanka Panic to put Eastern up 2-0 at the break.
The Eagles continued to play well in the third frame, opening up a 10-3 lead on kills from Julian and Fermantez. Consecutive service aces from Rebecca Fuchs saw WSU pull to within five, 13-8, but Eastern answered with three straight points to regain a commanding eight-point lead. Weber State would crawl back to within six, 18-12, on a service ace, but EWU rallied to win seven of the final nine points to take the set and the match.
Weber State hit .042 as a team on the night, the lowest hitting percentage of any EWU opponent this season. Audrey Biggs led the Wildcats with six kills.
Eastern notched seven service aces to the Wildcats' five, and tallied seven blocks to Weber State's two.
The Eagles are back in action Saturday, Oct. 19, when Idaho State comes to Cheney for a Big Sky counter. First serve is set for 11 a.m.