Eagles Shut Down Bobcats in 3-0 Sweep

Eagles hold Bobcats to a bleak .072 attack percentage; split regular-season series…showdown with Montana still to come

The Eastern Washington University volleyball team made quick work of its opponent on Friday (Oct. 29) at Reese Court, as the Eagles swept the visiting Montana State Bobcats, 3-0 (25-23. 25-22, 25-20). The Eagles avenged their loss to the Bobcats from earlier in the season and are now sixth in the conference standings with 5-6 record. Montana State is now eighth in the Big Sky after dropping to 3-7 in league play and 10-13 overall.

Seniors Chenoa Coviare and Alysha Cook and sophomore Shelby Puckett combined for 31 of Eastern's 40 total kills. Cook and Puckett registered 11 apiece, while Coviare chipped in nine. The senior middle blocker also led the team in blocks, as she has done on 15 other occasions this season, with seven on the night.

Both of Eastern's setters were busy in the three-set victory, as redshirt-freshman Lindsay Niemeier collected 19 assists and eight digs, and sophomore Laney Brown tallied 15 assists and five pickups.

"Laney did a nice job tonight," applauded EWU head coach Miles Kydd. "She made a few really nice sets at pivotal points in the match, and played some good defense."

The Eagles shut down Montana State's offensive effort, allowing the Bobcats to record just 30 kills on their 111 total attempts. Eastern held a 10-4 advantage in team blocks, as well as a 51-48 edge in digs. MSU's .072 attack percentage was the lowest recorded by any of Eastern's conference opponents this season.

"When you hold a team below .100 on offense, you should win games," said Kydd. "We still missed too many serves, but the last time we played MSU, we had 33 hitting errors, so I was happy to see us take care of the ball a little better tonight."

Senior captain Jacque Brown added six kills and 13 digs for the Eagles, while junior libero Lindsey Petroni led the team from the back row with 15 pickups.

The Eagles will return to action on Saturday (Oct. 30) when they take on Montana at 7 p.m. at Reese Court. Eastern, who suffered a heartbreaking five-set loss to the Grizzlies in the first meeting of the 2010 season, will have a chance to even its conference record with a win on Saturday against the league's No. 3 squad.

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