Eagles Battle Back Against Gaels, Fall Short
Eastern Washington plays right with Saint Mary's for two sets, takes on SJSU and No. 13 Cal on Friday
The Eastern Washington University volleyball team fell into an early hole at Saint Mary's on Thursday evening (Sept. 10) and was unable to dig itself out of it, falling to the Gaels by 25-13, 25-23, 29-27 scores.
The third stanza was a back-and-forth affair that saw each team squander set points. Prior to that point, the Eagles (3-4) held 17-13 and 21-18 leads before Saint Mary's (6-1) rallied to tie the score at 22-22. At that point, Chenoa Coviare had a kill followed by a solo block to earn the Eagles set point at 24-22.
However, Saint Mary's showed its grit by scoring the next three points to take its own set point at 25-24. This time, it was Ashley Hamilton who took over with a kill and teaming with Coviare on a block to earn EWU a 26-25 advantage. After the teams traded points once again, a Hayley Hills putaway earning Eastern a 27-26 lead, Gael Lauren Corp put together three straight kills to earn the Gaels the win, 29-27.
In the first set, Saint Mary's jumped out to commanding 10-2 and 16-3 leads on its way to a 25-13 victory. In set two, the Eagles stayed within four points the entire stanza and were within one late at 22-21 and 24-23 before Saint Mary's converted match point on its first opportunity.
Hills and Coviare each had 12 kills and five blocks apiece tonight to lead the match in those categories. Coviare also hit at a .364 clip (12-4-22). Three Eagles contributed 11 digs apiece: Hills, Jacque Brown and JaNae Mortensen. Hamilton had 27 assists tonight.
Eastern finishes up its pre-conference slate on Friday (Sept. 11) with a pair of matches at the Molten/Hilton Garden Inn Classic in Berkeley, Calif. First up at 1 p.m. is San Jose State (0-6) at 1 p.m., followed by No. 13 California (3-3) at 7 p.m.