EWU Finishes Second at Wichita State Tournament
Aug. 28, 2006
Senior outside hitter Brittney Page and junior defensive specialist Kristen Ponce were named to the All-Tournament team as the Eastern Washington University Volleyball team split two matches Saturday (Aug. 26) to capture second place at the Best Western Volleyball Classic in Wichita, Kan.
Eastern was handed its first loss of the 2006 season by host Wichita State Saturday morning 30-25, 30-26 and 30-22. Eastern rebounded for a 24-30, 33-31, 30-27, 30-18 victory over Texas San Antonio to capture second. The Eagles are now 3-1 while Wichita State finished 4-0 to capture the tourney title.
Against Wichita State, Page led the Eagles with 11 kills and sophomore outside hitter Addie Webster added eight kills and 13 digs. Webster was the 2005 recipient of the Big Sky Conference Most Outstanding Freshman award.
Ponce had a match-high 19 digs, but Eastern was guilty of 13 serving errors and had seven ball-handling errors that led to 20 Wichita State points. The Shockers, who were 28-3 a year ago, out-hit Eastern .214 to .172 and had four players with double-digit kills.
Against UTSA, the Roadrunners held EWU to .175 hitting en route to winning the first game. The Eagles stormed back to win the next three games with hitting percentages of .211, .333 and .324, respectively.
The Eagles hit .254 in the match compared to .145 for UTSA. Eastern had 15 service errors and seven more ball-handling errors, but the Eagles had 11 team blocks to help shut-down the Roadrunners attack.
Webster led the Eagles with 19 kills and 12 digs, while Page added 16 kills and six blocks. Freshman Hayley Hills added 14 kills, a .353 hitting percentage and 13 digs. Amanda Yausie had 34 assists and Ponce had a match-high 25 digs.
Next on the slate for Eastern is a trip to the Big Apple to face the Jaspers of Manhattan College on Wednesday (Aug. 30) at 4 p.m. Pacific time.