Eagles Top Presbyterian, 3-1

After falling to Cal State Fullerton earlier in the day, Eastern rebounds with win over Blue Hose

In its first four-set match of the year, the Eastern Washington University volleyball team defeated Presbyterian College, 25-23, 25-16, 15-25, 26-24, on Friday (Sept. 2) at the Wildcat Classic in Tucson, Ariz. With the win, Eastern evened its season record to 3-3, while the Blue Hose lost its fourth-straight to open the 2011 campaign.

Eastern Washington won the match after an exciting fourth set that featured 15 ties and seven lead changes. Presbyterian scored the first three points of the fourth set, but that would be the largest lead enjoyed by either team the rest of the way.

The Blue Hose managed to build a 20-18 lead late in the set, which caused EWU head coach Miles Kydd to call a timeout. Coming out of the break, PC's Mary Trimpe missed her serve, giving Eastern a much-needed sideout. The Eagles earned a slight 23-22 edge, but back-to-back kills from PC's Allison Brown gave the Blue Hose a set point opportunity.

On the ensuing play, junior Shelby Puckett slammed one of her team-high 11 kills to once again tie the score at 24-24. An attack error by PSU put Eastern up by one, and on match point, sophomore Ashley Wright blocked Brown to give the Eagles the hard-fought 26-24 victory.

Presbyterian actually finished the match with seven more kills than EWU, but the Eagles committed six less offensive errors. The Blue Hose also gave up 12 points on service errors.

Puckett led EWU with 11 kills on a .240 clip. Freshman middle blocker Talia Fermantez had the best outing of her young career, as she finished with six kills and only one error on 10 total attempts. She also tallied three blocks.

Wright and junior captain Cora Kellerman both recorded nine kills, while Wright led the blocking efforts of EWU with four. Freshman outside hitter Kelsey Julian posted a career-high five kills.

Eastern will be back in action on Saturday (Sept. 3) when they take on Arizona at 12:30 PST for Eastern's final match of the Wildcat Classic. Links to live stats and live video are available at http://www.goeags.com/sports/w-volley/2011-12/Schedule

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