Oct. 20, 2007
The Eastern Washington University volleyball team rallied for a comeback victory once again on Saturday evening (Oct. 20), topping Weber State in a road contest, 23-30, 30-25, 30-21, 30-24.
The Eagles (8-13) have now come from behind in seven matches this season, including two consecutively. To put that incredible "never say die" attitude in perspective, consider this: the previous five seasons combined saw the Eagles come back for a victory a total of 19 times (out of 114 wins), an average of 3.8 per season.
That win also moved Eastern's Big Sky Conference record to 7-3 and broke a third-place tie the team had with the Wildcats (6-4 BSC). The Eagles also had a chance to tie Portland State for second place before the Vikings (8-2 BSC) rallied for their own comeback win, 28-30, 31-29, 30-22, 30-25, over Idaho State.
The first game of tonight's match in Ogden, Utah, saw Weber State (9-10) go on an incredible 16-4 run to rally from a 19-15 deficit for a convincing 30-23 win.
In the second game, Eastern Washington once again went out to a comfortable lead in the middle of the game, 20-14, and made sure there was no doubt, crusing from there for its 30-25 victory.
The next two games were comfortably won by Eastern, as well. In the third stanza, EWU broke away from a narrow 15-14 lead for a 30-21 victory. In game four, the Eagles took control from the get-go and took a dominating 28-20 lead on their way to a 30-24 win.
JaNae Mortensen had five service aces tonight, the most by an Eagle since Amanda Yausie had that total against Northern Colorado on Sept. 23, 2006. The Eagles were also led statistically by Hayley Hills (22 kills and 12 digs), Ashley Hamilton (40 assists), Chenoa Coviare (five blocks) and Alysha Cook (five blocks).
The Eagles are surely grateful to return home. After another challenging road stretch of 5-of-6 matches on the road (Eastern started the season with nine consecutive matches away from home), the Eagles will wrap up the 2007 regular season with 5-of-7 contests in the friendly confines of Reese Court.
Starting off that stretch will be home matches with Montana (8-12, 4-6 BSC) and Montana State (1-21, 0-10 BSC) on Thursday (Oct. 25) and Saturday (Oct. 27), respectively. Both matches start at 7 p.m.