Four Eagles Named All-Big Sky Conference

Hayley Hills and Chenoa Coviare are first team selections, and setter Ashley Hamilton and Sara Todorovich are also honored on the eve of the Big Sky Championships hosted by EWU

By Keenan Bowen, EWU Sports Information

Big Sky Conference News Release

Four players from the Eastern Washington University volleyball team have been named All-Big Sky Conference, the league announced Thursday (Nov. 26). The announcement came on the eve of the Big Sky Conference Tournament hosted by EWU, with the Eagles taking on Northern Colorado Friday (Nov. 27) at 7 p.m. Pacific time.

Senior Hayley Hills, junior Chenoa Coviare, senior Ashley Hamilton and junior Sara Todorovich all received accolades for their play on the court this season. Hills and Coviare were both named to the first team, while Hamilton was selected to the second team and Todorovich earned honorable mention.

Hills, an outside hitter from Quesnel, B.C., is making her third appearance on the first team, including the Big Sky Conference Most Valuable Player award last season. She finished this season with a team-leading 363 kills, for an average of 3.56 kills per set. She is second on the career kills list with 1,416, trailing former Eagle Kim Exner (1995-98) who had 1,860 over her four-year career.

Coviare, a middle blocker from Medford, Ore., is making her first appearance on the first team after earning second team honors last season. She is second on the team this season in kills with 300 for an average of 2.94 kills per set.

Hamilton was named to the second team this season after earning honorable mention accolades last season. A setter from Alpine, Utah, she is hitting at a .318 clip and has 976 assists for an average of 9.57 assists per set. She also has 18 service aces on the year and has 168 digs.

Todorovich, in her first season playing for the Eagles, earned honorable mention honors from the conference. A middle blocker from Walla Walla, Wash., she is currently third on the team in kills with 152, while hitting at a .323 clip.

The Eagles are in action Friday (Nov. 27) as they host the 2009 Big Sky Conference Volleyball Championships, with the winner of the four-team tournament earning an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. Portland State will meet Montana in the first game Friday at 5 p.m. at Reese Court, and afterwards Eastern will meet Northern Colorado at 7 p.m. The winners from each semifinal will meet at 7 p.m. on Saturday (Nov. 28) at Reese Court for the championship.


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