Sept. 5, 2008
The Eastern Washington University women’s volleyball team prevailed over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 25-23, 21-25, 25-23, 25-19 at the Idaho Volleyball Classic on Friday afternoon (Sept. 5). The win moved the Eagles to 2-2 against a challenging non-conference portion of their schedule.
“This was validation that we can beat a good team,” head coach Miles Kydd said. “We didn’t play a super match and there were things we could have done better, but any win gives you confidence and a win against a big program is something you can feel proud about.”
Leading the Eagles in kills today was Hayley Hills, as she had 17. Alysha Cook tallied 10 putaways and Chenoa Coviare had EWU’s best hitting percentage at .312 (6-1-16). Defensively, JaNae Mortensen contributed 22 digs, while Hills had 13 and Ashley Hamilton tallied 10. Hamilton also had 45 assists, and Coviare tallied five blocks.
In the first set, Eastern took a 14-13 lead and kept Notre Dame at a short distance (0-4 points) the rest of the way. In set two, the Fighting Irish pulled away from a narrow 21-20 edge to claim a 25-21 victory.
Another 25-23 Eagle win followed. Just like set one, Eastern Washington held UND at a distance of a few points the majority of the stanza. The Eagles pulled away in set four, scoring the final six points of the set for a 25-19 win.
The Eagles will play two Inland Northwest foes on Saturday (Sept. 6), taking on the host Vandals at 12:30 p.m. and Washington State at 4:30 p.m. Idaho is 3-1 after sweeping Washington State on Friday night, while the Cougars are 3-1 and will play Notre Dame (3-2) before taking on EWU Saturday.
“Our Saturday matches are as important as this one (the 3-1 win over Notre Dame),” Kydd said. “We’ve done well with Inland Northwest teams, and that is something we would like to expand on. We would like to be considered the top team in the region, and the teams we’re playing tomorrow will have something to say about that.”