Eastern gains measure of revenge against Northern Arizona on Senior Night as Eagles move back into second
Six-foot-5 junior middle blocker Sara Todorovich had a perfect night with 10 kills in 10 attempts with no errors as the Eastern Washington University volleyball team swept Northern Arizona 3-0 in a Big Sky Conference match Saturday (Nov. 14) at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash.
Her effort tied the NCAA Division I record, which, incidentally, Eastern's Ashley Hamilton equaled earlier this season with a 12-of-12 effort with no errors. A minimum of 10 attack attempts is needed to be considered the record. Todorovich also added one block solo and five block assists.
"We talked to her and told her she needed to have a good match," said Eastern head coach Miles Kydd. "She came out ready to play."
Senior Hayley Hills added 13 kills and nine digs for EWU, and Chenoa Coviare had 11 kills and six block assists. Hamilton, one of four seniors honored in pre-game ceremonies, added 39 assists and nine digs. The other two seniors are Amanda Yausie (five digs) and JaNae Mortensen (11 digs).
"I'm proud of those girls -- they have been a big part of our team," said Kydd of his senior class. "In her first year, Amanda was our starting setter, and she has accepted and actually requested to contribute as a defense specialist. Ashley has been a great setter for our school and Haley obviously is a great player. I am blessed to have coached them all and I liked that we went out on a winning note for them."
The Eagles are 9-1 at home this year. In the past three seasons (2007, 2008 and 2009) all four seniors have played at EWU, the Eagles are 26-5 at Reese Court, including 19-2 the last two seasons.
"The times they have lost at home is a very small number," added Kydd. "That's a tribute to those seniors."
The victory helped avenge a five-set loss to the Lumberjacks on Oct. 15 in Flagstaff, Ariz. The Eagles are now 17-9 overall and 11-4 in the Big Sky, while NAU slipped to 8-16 overall and 5-10 in the league. Coupled with Northern Colorado's loss at Portland State Saturday, the Eagles are now tied in the league standings with UNC at 11-4, while PSU leads the way at 13-2.
Eastern plays a non-conference match at Washington State on Nov. 17 and then concludes regular season play in the Big Sky at Sacramento State on Nov. 21. The Eagles have two league matches left before hosting the four-team Big Sky Conference Championships Nov. 27-28 at Reese Court.