September 21, 2006

Eagles Still Winless in BSC Play

Sept. 21, 2006

Final Stats

The Eastern Washington University women's volleyball team suffered its third Big Sky Conference loss of the season on Thursday (Sept. 21) at Reese Court as the Eagles were swept by the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 3-0. The scores were 32-30, 30-26, 30-17.

Northern Arizona (5-7, 1-2) got off to a hot start, hitting .356 the first game in a close 32-30 victory over the Eagles. Eastern (7-5, 0-3) was at game-point at 29-28 before falling. The Lumberjacks compiled an impressive 26 digs in the first game as they held EWU to .237 hitting.

In the second game, NAU led from the start to cruise to a 30-26 victory. Eastern had a low .073 hitting percentage, committing 11 hitting errors.

Continuing their dominating performance in the first two games, NAU ran past Eastern with a 30-17 victory in the third game. While Eastern had its best hitting game of the night with .250, it couldn't be used to its advantage as the Lumberjacks hit .583 with 15 kills and just one error. At one point in the third game NAU scored six unanswered points.

Three Eagles had double digit kills. Senior Brittney Page had a team high 14, Chrystal Johnson had 11 with a .526 hitting percentage and Addie Webster added 10. Ashley Gandauli lead the team with 16 assists.

Eastern finished the match with a .189 hitting percentage while NAU finished at a .324 clip.

The Eagles host Big Sky Conference newcomer Northern Colorado (5-7, 2-1) Saturday (Sept. 23) at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash. The match starts at 7 p.m. After the Eagles finish their short two-game homestand with the conclusion of the UNC game, they start a four-match road trip beginning at Sacramento State (Sept. 28), which is tied for first in the Big Sky with a perfect conference record of 2-0 (12-4 overall).

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