Eagles Fall to Sacramento State in Big Sky Semis

Nov. 23, 2007

Box Score

The Eastern Washington University volleyball team saw its successful 2007 season come to a close on Friday night (Nov. 23) in a 30-20, 30-17, 30-20 loss to host Sacramento State in a Big Sky Conference semifinal match.

Second-seeded Sacramento State (27-7) went up 6-2 and 19-10 on its way to a game one win. The second stanza was more of the same, as the Hornets jumped out to a 23-10 advantage on their way to a 2-0 games advantage.

The third seed, Eastern Washington (15-15) then came out strong in game three, not letting Sacramento State get more than three points ahead until a 16-15 deficit became 27-18 on the strength of an 11-3 Hornet run.

The Eagles were led in the kill column tonight by Hayley Hills, who had nine. Chenoa Coviare hit .333 (7-3-12) in the contest. Amanda Yausie contributed 24 assists. Mandy Daniels tallied 11 digs, while Hills recorded 10.

The Eagles rallied from a 1-9 record this year against a tough non-conference slate of contests to finish 12-4 in Big Sky play, good for a third-place finish. Eastern also completed the season with nine wins in its last 11 contests.

The Eagles had a never-say-die attitude the entire season, rallying from a games deficit on nine occasions, one off the school record of 10 set by the 1989 squad. Eastern Washington also went an incredible 7-0 in five-game matches.

Eastern Washington has now advanced to the Big Sky semifinals 11 straight seasons.

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