Eagles Fight Undefeated Baylor to the Wire
Sept. 12, 2008
The Eastern Washington University volleyball team had another challenge in front of it in an undefeated Baylor squad going for the school record for best start ever. Eastern Washington took the Bears to the cusp of forcing a deciding fifth set before falling 25-19, 23-25, 25-10, 25-22, at the Oregon Classic on Friday evening (Sept. 12).
The Eagles (3-4) battled back from a loss in the first set to pull out a clutch two-point victory in set two, rallying from 11-4 down and pulling away from a 22-22 stalemate. Then Eastern fell behind two sets to one before responding to take a commanding early advantage in the fourth set.
However, the Bears had too much for EWU on this evening, as Baylor reversed the tables to rally from 11-4 down for a win in the fourth stanza. The Bears pulled away late in the set, breaking a 20-20 tie to score five of the stanza’s final seven tallies.
“Overall, we didn’t pass very well today, which allowed Baylor to go on long runs,” head coach Miles Kydd said. “They are a good team, and we have to be better. We just have to take care of things on our side of the net: serving, passing, ball control. We need to take care of our side of the net and not worry about the other side that much.
“Other than the fourth set, we were fighting from behind the whole time, and we cannot do that. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but our team is better than we think at times and than I act at times.”
Two Eastern players posted double-digit kill and dig totals in the contest. Hayley Hills had a double-double with 13 kills and 10 digs, while Chenoa Coviare contributed 11 putaways and Mandy Daniels led the Eagles with 15 digs. Ashley Hamilton tallied 35 assists on the day.
Baylor tied a school record for best start by moving to 8-0 with its win over the Eagles.
Eastern Washington now will take on perhaps its biggest challenge of the 2008 season, facing No. 12 Oregon on its home court at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 13). The Ducks are 6-1 and will play UNLV Friday evening. Oregon’s lone loss came on the road to Illinois, 3-2.