Aug. 25, 2007
The Eastern Washington University volleyball wrapped up play at the Sheraton Four Points Wildcat Classic with a 30-26, 26-30, 30-27, 30-21 loss to Utah State (1-2) on Saturday afternoon (Aug. 25).
Amanda Yausie had an impressive outing for the Eagles, hitting .571 (8-0-14) to go with 51 assists, the sixth-highest total of her career. Jacque Brown also hit well for the Eagles, as evidenced by her .385 average (8-3-13). Chenoa Coviare, Hayley Hills and Chelsea Ross each contributed 10 kills to the Eagle cause.
Mandy Daniels led the way for the Eagles in the dig category, tallying 20, while four other Eastern players also had double-digit dig totals (Ross and Yausie with 12 each, Hills with 11 and JaNae Mortensen with 10). Allison Reinstein and Hills set the pace in blocks with four apiece.
Hills was named to the all-tournament team after tallying 3.3 kills and 2.4 digs per game over the weekend's play.
Utah State took a commanding 8-3 lead in the first game, but Eastern (0-3) would rally to within one at 26-25 on a kill by Reinstein before the Aggies scored four of the game's final tallies to earn a 1-0 lead in the match.
The second stanza was close throughout as neither team even took greater than a two-point edge until Eastern ran off four straight points for a 12-7 advantage. The only other five-point lead in the game came courtesy of a Reinstein service ace, 28-23, as the Eagles finished off their 30-26 win.
Even though the Aggies went up, 17-12, in the next game, Eastern got right back into the contest with four straight points and would never stray more than more than two points from the lead until the final swing of the game, even taking a 26-24 advantage, before Utah State pulled away for a 30-27 victory.
The fourth game finished all Utah State, as the Aggies pulled away from a 14-all tie with eight straight points for a 22-14 advantage and cruised from there.
The Eagles return to action at the PowerAde/Asics Classic, hosted by the University of San Francisco. Eastern Washington will take on Colgate (2-1) at 5 p.m. on Friday (Aug. 31) before playing Oral Roberts and the host Dons the next day.