Oct. 27, 2007
The Eastern Washington University volleyball team moved to 9-3 in Big Sky Conference play with a 30-15, 24-30, 30-21, 30-20 win over Montana State on Saturday (Oct. 27), continuing its best conference start since the 2004 season. The Eagles remained just behind Portland State (10-2 BSC) and Sacramento State (9-1 BSC) in the Big Sky standings.
Hayley Hills led the Eagles in both kills (20) and digs (19) to record her 10th double-double of the season. Also recording double-digit kill totals tonight were Alysha Cook (17) and Jacque Brown (11). Brown hit .400 (11-1-25) in the contest. The Eagles as a team hit .251 (69-25-175), its third-highest hitting percentage of the season.
Mandy Daniels was a force in the back court, as she had 18 digs, while Chenoa Coviare continued her blocking prowess with five tonight (she has recorded at least five putbacks in the last four matches). Ashley Hamilton and Amanda Yausie split the setting duties with 40 and 18 assists, respectively.
The Eagles (10-13) pulled away in game one by going up 13-5 on its way to the convincing 30-15 victory. Game two was close until late when Eastern used broke away from a narrow 21-20 lead with four straight tallies and cruised home from there.
In game three, it was Montana State's turn to pull away, as the Bobcats (1-23, 0-12 BSC) reversed a 14-13 Eastern edge with a 6-1 run to go up 20-14. Eastern would not get closer than four the rest of the stanza. The Eagles did put the fourth game out of doubt early, however, taking 16-5 and 29-17 leads on their way to the 30-20 victory.
"We came out strong in the first game and played at a high level," Matlock said. "We got through the second game okay and the third game we had a let down in the middle; we're still learning to keep our play at a high level."
The Eagles return to action with a challenging road trip to Flagstaff, Ariz., and Greeley, Colo. Eastern will take on Northern Arizona (10-11, 5-6 BSC) at 7 p.m. on Thursday (Nov. 1) and Northern Colorado at 6 p.m. Pacific Time on Saturday (Nov. 3).