Coviare Claims Big Sky Player of the Week Honors

Senior leads Eastern Washington to its first conference victories of 2010 season

Chenoa Coviare of the Eastern Washington University volleyball team was rewarded for her stellar performances over the weekend, as she was tabbed as the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week, announced Monday (Sept. 27) by the league office.

The senior from Medford, Ore., played a pivotal role in helping EWU capture its first two victories of the 2010 Big Sky season against Idaho State (Sept. 24) and Weber State (Sept. 25), and its first wins in the team's last 12 outings. The Eagles are now 2-2 in Big Sky action and 3-10 overall.

In the two games played at Reese Court over the weekend, Coviare recorded a stunning .477 attack percentage with 23 total kills and only two errors in her 47 attempts. She was the only Eagle to hit above .400 on both nights, and averaged 2.56 kills per set in the nine sets she played. In addition to her offensive prowess, Coviare led the team at the net with 16 total blocks. She scored 31.5 total points, which was the most for any player on the squad.

Coviare earned her first double-double of the season in Eastern's 3-1 victory against Idaho State, as she recorded 11 kills and 10 blocks. Coviare's first block against the Bengals was the 400th of her career and she has now tallied 415 total blocks in her career, which ranks fifth on Eastern's all-time career records list.

In the dramatic five-set match against Weber State, Coviare had 12 kills and a team-leading six blocks, four of which came in the pivotal fourth and fifth sets. She scored five of the first seven points for Eastern in the fifth set after she rattled off three quick kills and back-to-back blocks. She also contributed three digs in that match.

Coviare and the rest of the EWU volleyball team will be back in action this Friday (Oct. 1) when they take on the Hornets of Sacramento State at 7 p.m. in Sacramento, Calif. The Eagles will then have a quick turnaround, as they play Seattle at home on Monday (Oct. 4) at 7 p.m.

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