August 30, 2008

Eagles Take it to 17th-Ranked Rams, Fall Just Short in Five

Aug. 30, 2008

Box Score

The Eastern Washington University volleyball team fell by a hair to No. 17 Colorado State 25-12, 25-19, 25-27, 21-25, 15-9 on Saturday evening (Aug. 30) in the final match of the Hilton Classic, which the Rams hosted. The Eagles came just short of snapping CSU’s home winning streak, which now sits at 17.

“We played hard, but could have played better,” head coach Miles Kydd said. “But obviously we battled against a top-20 team. It was a good match and good team effort – people came in off the bench and did their job – but we’ve got to build on it and not let this be the highlight of our season.”

Two Eagles played well throughout the weekend and earned mention to the All-Tournament team: Mandy Daniels and Hayley Hills. In Eastern’s three matches, Daniels had 5.27 digs per set, while Hills contributed 3.36 kills per set.

Tonight, Daniels recorded 30 digs, which is especially remarkable given the reduction of set lengths from 30 to 25 points this season. To put that into perspective, the 30-dig mark had only been attained by an Eagle four times over the last six seasons, all of which came in the 30-point era.  

Hills had the most kills for Eastern (1-2) tonight with 18, while Jacque Brown had 11 putaways and Chenoa Coviare contributed 10. Ashley Hamilton had 40 assists in the match. Hills also contributed on the defensive end, tallying nine digs. Coviare and Allison Reinstein had three blocks apiece.

Colorado State (3-0), playing in front of 2,135 fans, won the first set easily 25-12 and pulled out to an 18-11 advantage in the second set before prevailing 25-19. After the break, however, the Eagles wrestled control away from CSU.

The Rams actually held match point twice at 24-23 and 25-24 in the third set before a clutch Hills kill and two CSU attack errors earned Eastern Washington a hard-fought 27-25 win. The fourth set was close, as well, but EWU scored the final five points, turning a 21-20 deficit into a 25-21 win. Colorado State did, however, pull away in the deciding stanza, taking 7-3 and 12-6 advantages on its way to a 15-9 win.

Next up for Eastern Washington is Notre Dame, who has started of its season 2-0 and will play host to Valparaiso on Sunday (Aug. 31) before heading west. The match will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Friday (Sept. 5) in Moscow, Idaho, as part of the Idaho Volleyball Classic. The next day, EWU plays Idaho (2-1) and Washington State (3-0).

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