Eastern Outlasts Seattle in Non-Conference Tilt

Oct. 21, 2008

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The Eastern Washington University volleyball team played a non-conference contest in the middle of a four-match homestand spanning eight days and were successful in defeating visiting Seattle University by 25-19, 25-14, 25-22 scores on Tuesday evening (Oct. 21).

Mandy Daniels had an impressive match, tallying 20 digs in the three-set contest, a season high for the libero in a three-set match. Amanda Yausie had 40 assists in the contest, a season-high total for the junior.

Offensively, Hayley Hills contributed 15 kills and hit .306 (15-4-36), while Alysha Cook tallied 14 putaways and hit at a .478 clip (14-3-23). Also, Emily Bekkering hit at a high percentage, .545 (7-1-11).

"Both Alysha and Emily had high percentages and did well for us," head coach Miles Kydd said. "I thought Hayley was attacking the ball pretty well when give the chance to swing away.

"We played well offensively. It was nice to give Amanda (Yausie) a chance to play. Her back has been bugging her a lot, and it was nice to see her. She ran the offense well."

In set one, the Eagles (10-9) pulled away from a 16-16 tie to go on a 9-3 run to finish the set and prevail 25-19. Eastern was up 21-9 in the second set and cruised from there to a 25-14 win.

The third set was the lone one to be close down the stretch, as Seattle (9-15) put together a short 3-1 rally from 22-18 down to pull to within two at 23-21. From there, the teams traded sideouts until Eastern claimed the 25-22 win.

"We were hoping to have a short match because we haven't had one for a while," Kydd said. "So it was a big deal to be able to win in three. It's tough to play a match in a busy week, but it was good for us."

Eastern Washington will now return to Big Sky Conference play with a home match against Idaho State at 7 p.m. on Thursday (Oct. 23). The Bengals are 5-15, 2-6 in Big Sky matches. The Eagles are tied for second with a 5-3 league mark.

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