Oct. 13, 2008
The Eastern Washington University volleyball team snapped a two-match losing streak to Gonzaga with an exciting 25-14, 25-20, 15-25, 24-26, 15-11 road win over the Bulldogs on Monday evening (Oct. 13).
In the fifth set, neither team held more than a two-point advantage until the EWU faithful and the Eagle bench erupted when a Hayley Hills kill earned Eastern Washington a 14-11 lead on its way to the 15-11 win.
Eastern started the match on a strong note, hitting .500 (13-1-24) in the first set, its highest hitting percentage in any set since a 30-25, 30-28, 30-22 win at Northern Arizona on Nov. 1, 2007. The Eagles had hit at a .548 (19-2-31) in the third set of that match.
The second set was a close one until late when the Eagles pulled away from a narrow 16-15 edge with a 5-0 run to go up 21-15 on their way to the 25-20 victory. Then Gonzaga dominated the third set after utilizing an 8-2 run to go up 18-9. At that point, the teams traded sideouts until GU scored the final two points of the stanza.
The fourth set started close at 12-12, but Gonzaga (6-14) used a 4-0 run to go up 4-0 before the Eagles responded with a 6-2 spurt of their own to tie the score back up 18-18. The teams were then tied at 19-19, 20-20 and 23-23 before GU scored the final two points to send the match to a deciding stanza.
Both Alysha Cook and Hills had 16 kills on the night, while Ashley Hamilton contributed 48 assists. The dig leader was Mandy Daniels with 13, while Chenoa Coviare had seven blocks to lead all players in that category.
Eastern Washington (8-9) had won 14 straight contests in the head-to-head series before the Bulldogs pulled out a 3-2 win in 2006 and swept the Eagles in 2007.
The Eagles (4-3 Big Sky Conference) return to league play with a 7 p.m. home contest on Saturday (Oct. 18) against six-time defending Big Sky champion Sacramento State. The Hornets are currently 4-2 in league play, 6-15 overall.