Eastern Washington to play host Arizona Wildcats for tournament title on Saturday
The Eastern Washington University volleyball team rallied from a 1-0 sets deficit to defeat Nevada 19-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-21 on Friday afternoon (Sept. 4) at the Marriott University Park Wildcat Classic in Tucson, Ariz.
The win moved the Eagles to 3-2, and Eastern will now play host Arizona (5-0) for the tournament title at 1 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 6). Both teams beat Houston and Nevada today and enter tomorrow with 2-0 tournament marks.
After Nevada (1-4) pulled away today to win the first stanza 25-19, the Eagles took three straight tight sets to claim the match.
In the second set, the Eagles went up 18-11 and held off a Nevada comeback that cut the advantage to 24-23 before Eastern converted set point on its first opportunity to seal the win. The third set saw the Eagles pull away from a 22-21 advantage to secure a 25-22 win. In set four, Eastern extended a 21-20 lead for a 25-21 victory.
"We did struggle in a few areas today, but we served a lot better (against Nevada) then we did against Houston (in a 3-1 win earlier on Friday)," head coach Miles Kydd said. "We were also scoring in the middle and need to keep doing that."
Two Eagles, Chenoa Coviare and Hayley Hills, had 11 kills apiece in the contest to lead Eastern in that category. Sharing the setting duties were Ashley Hamilton and Amanda Yausie, as they contributed 17 and 15 assists, respectively.
Hills also set the team pace in digs with nine, while Cora Kellerman had eight. Coviare had six blocks, tied for the second-highest total by an Eagle so far in 2009.
"We have a chance to play for a tournament title tomorrow, and that's what we came here to do," Kydd said. "Arizona is big and physical, but there are some things we feel we can take advantage of, and we will see what we do tomorrow."