Oct. 5, 2007
The Eastern Washington University volleyball team ran into a team on a serious roll in the Portland State Vikings on Saturday night (Oct. 5), as PSU won the Big Sky Conference match 30-20, 30-25, 30-15.
The first-place Vikings are now 7-0 in Big Sky play, 13-4 overall. Portland State moves its home court conference winning streak to 20 and overall regular-season league winning streak to 13. The visiting Eagles drop to 5-2 in league action (good for third place) and 6-11 overall.
The Eagles were led statistically tonight by Hayley Hills (11 kills), Amanda Yausie (18 assists), Mandy Daniels (11 digs) and Chenoa Coviare (two blocks). Hills also added 10 digs to earn a double-double, her fifth of the season.
Portland State took a 6-2 lead in the first game and never looked back, not letting Eastern get closer than two points the rest of the game. The second game was much closer, as the teams were tied 10-all before Portland State took a 14-11 lead and kept the Eagles at bay the rest of the stanza (Eastern never trailed by more than five). The Vikings used an 11-2 run to go up 19-9 to put game three out of reach for Eastern.
The Eagles now look ahead to their annual rivalry contest with Gonzaga. The Bulldogs are currently 11-7, 0-3 in West Coast Conference play, but play host to Loyola Marymount on Saturday prior to heading to Cheney for a 7 p.m. contest on Tuesday (Oct. 9).
The teams played a barnburner on the GU campus last year, as the Bulldogs outlasted Eastern 30-27, 26-30, 24-30, 30-25, 15-11. That ended a streak of 10 straight wins, all sweeps, for Eastern in the series between the Spokane-area rivals.