Aug. 28, 2006
The Eastern Washington University volleyball team opened its 2006 season with 3-0 sweeps over Syracuse and Louisiana Tech at the Wichita State Best Western Volleyball Classic Friday (Aug. 25) in Wichita, Kan.
In Eastern's morning match against Syracuse, the Eagles swept the Orange 30-24, 30-20, 30-24. Eastern hit .483 in the second game, and held Syracuse to negative hitting in the other two games.
Senior outside hitter Brittney Page had a match-high 13 kills and added four blocks. Sophomore outside hitter Addie Webster, winner of the Big Sky Conference's Most Outstanding Freshman award a year ago, had a double-double with a team-high 16 digs and 11 kills.
Setter Julia Reis added a match high 24 assists, with Ashley Gandauli adding 13 assists of her own. Senior Stephanie Baker, a transfer from Columbia Basin Community College, added five blocks as Eastern held Syracuse to .000 hitting in the match while forcing 28 hitting errors and allowing just 28 kills by the Orange.
The second match of the day had a similar outcome for EWU as it swept Louisiana Tech 30-26, 30-24, 30-24. Eastern out-hit the Lady Techsters .280 to .144, including .414 hitting for the EWU in the first game.
Three Eagles had double-digit kills -- Page with 11, Webster with 11 and senior Chrystal Johnson with 10. Page had no hitting errors and had a .524 hitting percentage in the match, while Webster hit .346.
Reis had a team-high 20 assists and Kristen Ponce had a match-high 13 digs.
EWU, which finished 23-9 last season for its fifth-straight season with at least 20 wins, is now 2-0. The Eagles finish the Best Western Volleyball Classic Saturday against host Wichita State at 10 a.m. and Texas San Antonio at 3p.m.
Last year, Wichita State finished 28-3 but was not awarded an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament, identical to EWU's fate in 2002 when the Eagles finished 29-2. Texas San Antonio was 18-11 a year ago, with Syracuse finishing 25-10 and Louisiana Tech going 15-18.