Eagle Volleyball Falls in Season Opener

Aug. 24, 2007

Box Score

The Eastern Washington University volleyball team rallied from a 30-11 loss in the first game to play at a high level the next two stanzas before falling to Saint Mary's, 30-11, 30-27, 30-24. The Friday afternoon (Aug. 24) match opened the 2007 season for both teams and was played on the University of Arizona campus as part of the Sheraton Four Points Wildcat Classic.

In the initial game, Eastern fell behind, 9-0 and 18-2, but played well at the end to gain some composure, scoring nine of the final 21 points.

Then Eastern Washington came out of the break between games one and two a renewed team, taking an early 11-6 advantage. Saint Mary's rallied back, however, and used an 8-1 run midway through the stanza to take control with a 19-14 edge. The Eagles would not go away quietly and chipped away at the lead until they tied the score at 26. At that point, the Gaels pulled away by scoring four of the final five points of the game.

In the third game, Saint Mary's grabbed five of the initial six points. A six-point spurt later on earned the Gaels a 16-9 advantage. After the Eagles immediately responded by scoring four straight to come within three, SMC pulled away for a final time, not allowing Eastern to get within three again the rest of the match.

Leading the way for the Eagles offensively was Chenoa Coviare, who hit at a .429 clip (4-1-7). Hayley Hills contributed eight kills to the Eastern effort and led the team in digs with nine. Chelsea Ross and Mandy Daniels each tallied eight digs. Amanda Yausie set the pace in assists with 21.

The Eagles return to action at 7 p.m. to take on the host Wildcats. Arizona won its initial match of the tournament over Utah State, 30-24, 30-26, 30-25. Live video for Friday's matches and live stats for all contests this weekend can be accessed at livestats.arizonaathletics.com/arizona/volleyball/game/

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