Nov. 1, 2007
The Eastern Washington University volleyball team moved to 10-3 in Big Sky Conference play with an impressive 30-25, 30-28, 30-22 road sweep over Northern Arizona on Thursday (Nov. 1). The Eagles remain just behind Portland State (11-2 BSC) for the second spot in the league standings and Sacramento State (9-1 BSC) for the conference lead.
The Eagles (11-13) have now won five straight contests, while the Lumberjacks (10-12, 5-7 BSC) fell to 10-12, 5-7 in Big Sky play, with their second successive home loss. Northern Arizona had started its home schedule 8-2 before those two setbacks.
Eastern was led offensively by Hayley Hills and Chenoa Coviare. Hills hit .531 (20-3-32), while Coviare hit .526 (12-2-19). Those are the second- and third-highest hitting percentages earned by an Eagle so far in 2007 (minimum 12 kills). Those averages are also in the top 20 of performances in that statistical category by Big Sky players this year.
Those outstanding individual hitting performances helped propel the Eagles to its first .300+ hitting percentage of 2007, as Eastern hit at a .305 clip (53-17-118) tonight.
Not only were the Eagles hitting on all cylinders offensively, but the team did an outstanding job of shutting down NAU, holding the Lumberjacks to a .050 hitting percentage (39-33-121). That is the lowest an Eastern opponent has hit since Weber State hit .046 (34-27-152) in a 3-1 loss to the Eagles on Oct. 13, 2006.
The first game was close throughout most of the stanza until Eastern pulled away from a 23-23 tie with a 6-1 run for a 29-24 lead on its way to a 30-25 win. Game two kept close right to the end; Eastern went up 29-26 and held on for a 30-28 win. Game three, however, was not in doubt after a 6-2 Eagle run extended its lead to 26-19 on its way to a 30-22 win.
The Eagles will play its last regular-season road match of the 2007 season at 6 p.m. Pacific Time on Saturday (Nov. 3) against Northern Colorado. The Bears lost to Portland State tonight 27-30, 30-23, 30-21, 30-25 to fall to 8-17, 6-6 in Big Sky matches.