Eagles cannot find rhythm against Redhawks, fall in three quick sets in non-conference matchup
For the second time this season, the Eastern Washington University volleyball team fell to the Redhawks of Seattle University, as the visiting team swept Eastern 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-12) on Monday (Oct. 4) at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash. With the loss, the Eagles fall to 3-12 on the season, while Seattle improves its overall record to 8-10.
Eastern was plagued by its own errors in the Monday night match, as the home team committed 20 errors on offense and had eight service miscues. Eastern also struggled in serve receive, conceding six points off reception errors. Eastern did pick up 41 digs, compared to 39 for the Redhawks, but Seattle was able to record a .245 hitting efficiency, while holding Eastern to a .120 clip.
"As a group, I don't think we were interested in playing tonight," said EWU head coach Miles Kydd. "I don't think anybody was willing to commit the energy – both physical and mental – that it was going to take to compete against a solid team like the Redhawks. As I've said to the team before, we have to be better on first contact. Our serve receive, our serving and our ball-handling are not where they need to be to win matches. Hopefully this game will serve as a wake-up call, because we still have at least 11 conference matches remaining in our season."
Despite the blunders, senior Allison Reinstein had one of her top performances of the year, as she recorded eight kills and no errors on 11 total attempts. Her .727 attack percentage led all players in the match. The Livermore, Calif., native also contributed three blocks and two digs to Eastern's defensive effort.
In an attempt to find an effective lineup, nearly every Eagle on the roster recorded a stat in the three-set match. Eleven different players picked up one or more digs, while nine different Eagles tallied at least one kill. Senior Alysha Cook had five kills and three digs, while sophomore setter Laney Brown contributed 25 assists and two kills.
The Redhawks were led by junior Cristin Richards, who had 19 of her team's 34 total kills. Richards committed only one error in her 40 attempts, while also picking up eight digs. Junior middle blocker Jordan Keller chipped in five kills and contributed to all eight of Seattle's total team blocks.
The Eagles will return to league play on Saturday (Oct. 9) when they travel to Portland State to take on the Vikings, who are currently 4-1 in the Big Sky.