After taking the first game from Idaho State 31-29, the Eastern Washington University women's volleyball team fell to the Bengals 3-1 Thursday (Sept. 14) in Pocatello, Idaho.
The match was the Big Sky Conference opener for both teams. It was the first time in 12 matches that Eastern lost to Idaho State, with the last ISU victory over the Eagles coming Sept. 14, 2000, also in Pocatello.
The Eagles (7-3, 0-1), hit .393 in the first game but hit only .210 in the match. The low point for Eastern was hitting .114 in game four against the Bengals (5-8, 1-0).
Sophomore Addie Webster led the Eagles with three service aces and 17 kills, and 12 digs. Chrystal Johnson added 13 kills for Eastern and Brittney Page had ten. Kristen Ponce led Eastern in digs with 18.
Idaho State was led by Nikki Havens, who had 19 kills and hit .317. Zoe Beltz recorded 13 kills and hit .385.
Last year the Eagles finished second in the Big Sky behind Sacramento State, which is where EWU was picked to finish in pre-season this year. Idaho State was picked to finish sixth.
The Eagles continue on the road in the Big Sky Conference Saturday (Sept. 16) as they play at Portland State in Portland, Ore. After the trip to Portland the Eagles will return home and open up their home schedule against Northern Arizona on Sept. 21.