Eagles Close Out Season with Convincing Win Over Sac State

Eastern finishes 2010 campaign at 8-19 overall and 7-9 in Big Sky Conference

The Eastern Washington University volleyball team sent its four seniors off in the best possible way on Saturday (Nov. 20) at Reese Court, as the team swept Sacramento State, 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25, 17) in the final game of the 2010 season. EWU will finish the year with an 8-19 overall record and 7-9 mark in league play. The Eagles were knocked out of Big Sky tournament contention last weekend after a 3-2 loss to Northern Arizona, but will finish sixth overall in the 2010 BSC standings.

Saturday's match was the final outing for seniors Jacque Brown, Alysha Cook, Chenoa Coviare and Allison Reinstein.

"It was great to get a win on senior night," said EWU head coach Miles Kydd. "We wanted to win for those four girls who have contributed so much to our program."  

The senior class certainly made the most of their night, as all four shined in the dominating win over Sac State. Cook led the Eagles on offense with 11 kills on a .207 hitting efficiency. Brown was also an undeniable force in the three-set match, finishing with eight kills, 16 digs, two blocks and two service aces.

"That was easily Jacque's best match of the year," applauded Kydd. "She came through when we needed her to with big digs in the back row and smart plays in the front. She was unbelievable."

Reinstein, who has played in every match of the 2010 season, finished with two kills, three digs and a team-leading five blocks. Her season total of 76 blocks is the second-highest on the squad.

"Allison has been so steady for us throughout her career, and she was again tonight," said Kydd. "She comes in everyday, whether it is practice or a game, ready to perform."

Although unable to play due to a knee injury suffered on Nov. 6, Coviare made her mark on senior night by performing the national anthem before the match. Coviare, a two-time All-Big Sky selection, will leave Eastern as the fourth leading blocker in school history with 470 total blocks in her career. During 2010 conference play, Coviare led the Big Sky with 1.51 blocks per set, which also ranked in the top 40 nationally. Also during her senior year, she reached the incredible milestone of 1,000 career kills, making her just one of four active players in the Big Sky to accomplish the feat. She will leave Eastern with 1,012 total kills.

"Chenoa has been a big part of our team for four years," said Kydd. "She is one of the best players and best overall athletes in the Big Sky, and certainly one of the best I have ever coached."

In addition to the impact of the four senior members, Eastern had significant contributions from its seven other players in the match. Sophomore Shelby Puckett registered 10 kills on 17 errorless attempts. Her .588 attack percentage was the best for all players in the match, and the most efficient performance of the season for the Latah, Wash., native.

Setters Laney Brown and Lindsay Niemeier finished with 16 and 14 assists, respectively, while junior libero Lindsey Petroni picked up 20 digs. Petroni has now had seven 20+ dig performances in 2010. Junior Chenoa Rossi-Childress added four kills and two blocks for EWU, while redshirt-freshman Ashley Wright finished with three kills, six digs and two blocks.

"It was a great all-around performance tonight," said Kydd. "Shelby played great and our setters put the ball right where it needed to be. Everyone followed the game plan."

As a team, the Eagles hit at a .214 clip, compared to a .048 efficiency for the Hornets. The Eagles also held a 66-54 advantage in digs and 8-4 edge in total team blocks.

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