2012-13 News Releases

June 5, 2013
Kaufman, Adams, Nelson & Kellerman Double Winners at “EeeWoos”
A quartet of student-athletes each won a pair of awards among the 16 handed out at the Fifth Annual “EeeWoos” awards show, which took place Tuesday (June 4) at EWU’s Showalter Auditorium.

May 23, 2013
Fifth-Annual “EeeWoos” are June 4
The “EeeWoos,” an event created to honor Eastern Washington University student-athletes, takes place for the fifth time on Tuesday, June 4 at 7 p.m. at the Showalter Auditorium on the EWU campus in Cheney, Wash.

May 3, 2013
Q and A: Volleyball Player Kelsey Julian
Kelsey Julian has been an impact player since her freshman year on the Eastern Washington University volleyball team. But now, going into her junior year, Julian hopes to take another step into bettering herself and the team by becoming more of a complete player.

May 1, 2013
Experienced Outside Hitter Transfers to Eastern
Outside hitter Melissa Waelter, who was a 49-match starter in two seasons at South Alabama, has transferred to Eastern Washington University to play volleyball for the Eagles, head coach Wade Benson has announced.

April 30, 2013
Eagles Have Best Performance in Spring Finale
Under the direction of new head coach Wade Benson, the Eastern Washington University volleyball team enjoyed its best performance of the spring at a scrimmage Saturday (April 27) at the EWU Sports and Recreation Center. The scrimmage concluded the spring season for the Eagles.

April 24, 2013
Eagles Sign Trio of Serbians in Benson’s First Class
A trio of junior college transfers – all from the country of Serbia – have signed letters of intent and comprise the first recruiting class following the return of Wade Benson as head coach of the Eastern Washington University volleyball program.

April 19, 2013
Eagle Volleyball Offers Expanded Summer Camps Program
Under the direction of new Eastern Washington University head coach Wade Benson, the EWU Volleyball Program has set the dates for 2013 Eagle Volleyball Summer Camps, and include a variety of camps and tournaments for youth ages 7 and up.

February 1, 2013
59 Selected to Fall All-Academic Team
A total of 59 Eastern Washington University student-athletes have been honored on the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team for fall quarter 2012. Of the total, 21 were from football, 18 were from women's soccer, nine from volleyball, six from women's cross country and five from men's cross country.

January 29, 2013
EWU Great Janelle Ruen and Former Division I Assistant and Community College Head Coach Darren Buckner Join Eastern Volleyball Coaching Staff
Already proven to be an incredibly successful player-coach combination, Eastern Washington University head volleyball coach Wade Benson and former multi-sport standout Janelle Allen (formerly Ruen) will once again join forces - this time as colleagues.

December 18, 2012
Wade Benson Returns to Eastern Washington for Second Stint as Head Volleyball Coach
Already a household name within the Spokane and Cheney communities, Wade Benson returns to Eastern Washington University to once again serve as head volleyball coach for the Eagles, announced Tuesday (Dec. 18) by EWU athletic director Bill Chaves.

December 12, 2012
Eagle Volleyball Announces 2012 Team Award Winners
The Eastern Washington University volleyball team commemorated its 2012 season with an end-of-the-year banquet, where six different members of the squad were honored with awards.

December 5, 2012
Pair of Busy Seniors Honored as EWU Scholar-Athletes of the Month
One focus just wasn’t enough for these high-achieving student-athletes.Senior Laney Brown from the Eastern Washington University volleyball team and senior Grant Williams from football have been tabbed as the December Scholar-Athletes of the month, announced Wednesday (Dec. 5) by the EWU Athletic Department.

November 21, 2012
Eagle Volleyball Adds Two High School Standouts from the West Side
Two of the top players from the 4A South Puget Sound League will be joining the Eastern Washington University volleyball team next fall. Chloe Watson from Kent-Meridian High School in Kent, Wash., and Sophie Miller out of Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way have signed national letters of intent to play volleyball at Eastern, announced EWU interim head coach Lisa Westlake.

November 18, 2012
Wildcats Edge Eagles on Senior Day, 3-1
Despite a very special senior night, the Eastern Washington University volleyball was not able to get by the Wildcats of Weber State, as it fell 3-1 (27-25, 25-17, 23-25, 25-22) on Saturday (Nov. 17) at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash.

November 16, 2012
Q & A: Senior Volleyball Player Laney Brown
Eastern will play its final match of the 2012 campaign on Saturday at Reese Court. But on a night that is usually all about its seniors, the Eagles want to pay tribute to an even bigger hero

November 16, 2012
Eagles Take Down Big Sky Leading Bengals, 3-1
Although the Eastern Washington University volleyball team will not be moving on to the postseason, it is clear this team is leaving everything it has on the floor. In its second-to-last match of the year, Eastern downed Big Sky-leading Idaho State, 3-1 (25-16, 24-26, 25-17, 25-13), on Thursday (Nov. 15) at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash.

November 13, 2012
Kellerman and Post are November Scholar-Athletes
The Eastern Washington University athletic department has selected Cora Kellerman from the Eagle volleyball team and Will Post from football as its November Scholar-Athletes.

November 12, 2012
Eagles Host Conference-Leading Bengals and Last-Place Wildcats in Final Two Matches of 2012
In its final two matches of the 2012 season, the Eastern Washington University volleyball team will prepare to face two teams that currently reside at opposite ends of the Big Sky Conference standings.

November 10, 2012
North Dakota Outlasts Eastern, 3-1
The Eastern Washington University volleyball team played a solid match on Saturday (Nov. 10) night in Grand Forks, N.D., and the Eagles had their chances, but North Dakota was able to come up with the big plays to secure a 3-1 (18-25, 25-22, 25-20, 33-31) on its home court.

November 8, 2012
Bears Handle Eagles, 3-0
In much the same way as it did the first time around, the Eastern Washington University volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 28-26) decision to defending Big Sky Champion Northern Colorado on Thursday (Nov. 8) in Greeley, Colo.

November 6, 2012
Eagles Look to Continue Success on Final Regular-Season Road Trip
Riding a two-match winning streak, and enjoying the success of four wins in its last five outings, the Eastern Washington University volleyball team prepares for a stern test this weekend in its final road trip of the regular season.

November 5, 2012
Laney Brown Claims Big Sky POW Honors
Following a successful weekend of Big Sky action, in which the Eastern Washington University volleyball team won two matches on the road, senior Laney Brown was named Big Sky Player of the Week, announced Monday (Nov. 5) by the league office. This is the first-career weekly honor for the 5-7 setter out of Waterville, Wash.

November 4, 2012
Eagles Complete Perfect Weekend on the Road with 3-0 Sweep of Southern Utah
The Eastern Washington University volleyball team is officially on a roll. Two days after taking down Northern Arizona in one of the most exciting Big Sky matches of the year - the Eagles cruised past Southern Utah, 3-0 (25-16, 25-12, 29-27), on Saturday (Nov. 3) in Cedar City, Utah, to solidify a rare road sweep.

November 2, 2012
Eagles Upset Lumberjacks in Incredible Fashion
When it comes to Big Sky volleyball battles, it doesn’t get much better than the show put on Thursday (Nov. 1) night in Flagstaff, Ariz.

October 30, 2012
Back on the Road, Eagles Look for More Wins Against Northern Arizona and Southern Utah
After a rewarding three-game home stand that saw the Eastern Washington University volleyball team win its first two matches of the year, the Eagles will head back out on the road to face the No. 3 team in league, Northern Arizona, and the No. 7 squad, Southern Utah.

October 28, 2012
Eagles Fall Short in Battle with Bobcats
After two inspiring wins at Reese Court, the Eastern Washington University volleyball team could not complete the sweep, as it closed out a three-match home stand with a 3-0 (25-22, 29-27, 25-21) loss to the Bobcats of Montana State on Thursday (Oct. 27) in Cheney, Wash.

October 26, 2012
Eagles Knock Off Grizzlies in Second-Straight Sweep
It wasn’t a fluke. The Eastern Washington University volleyball team appears to be back on track. After a 0-22 start to the 2012 campaign, the Eagles have celebrated back-to-back wins at Reese Court, and both were 3-0 sweeps.

October 24, 2012
Q & A: Volleyball Player Ashley Wright
Thrust into a most unlikely situation, junior Ashley Wright has embraced her new role on the Eagle volleyball team, showing that in the midst of adversity, perseverance and a team-first attitude has its rewards

October 23, 2012
Monday Night Magic! Eagles Sweep Sac State for First Win of 2012 Campaign
It was a magical Monday night inside Reese Court. After 22-consecutive losses, the Eastern Washington University volleyball team earned its first victory of the 2012 season, sweeping Sac State, 3-0 (29-27, 25-18, 25-22) in a Big Sky Conference matchup in Cheney, Wash.

October 23, 2012
With Momentum and Confidence from First Win, Eagles Turn Attention to Montana, Montana State
The first win is always the hardest - and no one knows that better than the Eastern Washington University volleyball team. After 22-consecutive losses in the 2012 season, the Eagles finally celebrated their first victory on Monday (Oct. 22) at Reese Court.

October 19, 2012
Injury Strikes Again, as Eagles Lose to Portland State, 3-0
The Eastern Washington University volleyball team was looking for a fresh start and inspiring turnaround in the second half of the 2012 Big Sky season. But right out of the gate, the Eagles suffered another setback.

October 16, 2012
Eagles Kick Off Second Half of Big Sky Season Against Two Tough Opponents
With all the changes that occurred early in the 2012 season with unexpected injuries and a new coaching regime, Eastern Washington University volleyball head coach Lisa Westlake had realistic expectations for her squad.

October 14, 2012
Eagles Fall to Conference-Leading Bengals, 3-0
Going up against the top team in the Big Sky Conference, the Eastern Washington University volleyball team could not stop the efficient offense of Idaho State, as the Bengals swept EWU, 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-16), on Saturday (Oct. 13) at Reed Gym in Pocatello, Idaho.

October 11, 2012
Tough Serving by Weber State Leads to Another 3-0 Loss for Eagles
Coming into this match, Weber State led the Eastern Washington University volleyball team in league-only statistics in just two categories - blocking and serving. But the Wildcats certainly capitalized on those two strengths, as they beat EWU, 3-0 (25-14, 25-22, 25-18) on Thursday (Oct. 11) in Ogden, Utah.

October 9, 2012
Eagles Wrap Up First Half of Big Sky Season at Weber State, Idaho State
To close out the first half of the 2012 Big Sky Conference season, the Eastern Washington University volleyball team will play two teams that come from opposite ends of the Big Sky standings.

October 6, 2012
Eagles Suffer 3-0 Loss at the Hands of Northern Colorado
The Eastern Washington University volleyball team showed some fight against defending Big Sky Champion Northern Colorado, but in the end, the Eagles could night find an answer for the powerful Bears, as they fell, 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 28-26) on Friday (Oct. 5) at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash.

October 5, 2012
Eagles Unable to Snap Losing Streak in First-Ever Matchup with North Dakota
In volleyball, it all starts with the pass. And tonight, that was the most difficult part of the game for the Eastern Washington University volleyball team.

October 2, 2012
Eagles Welcome North Dakota and Northern Colorado to Reese Court
Still in search of its first win of the 2012 season, the Eastern Washington University volleyball team will do its best to capitalize on some home court advantage this weekend in two tough Big Sky matchups at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash.. The Eagles will host North Dakota on Thursday (Oct. 4) in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

September 29, 2012
Eagles Edged by Northern Arizona, 3-1
The Eastern Washington University volleyball team still has yet to win a match, but the Eagles have won five sets in their last four outings, which is more than the team had won in its previous 13 matches combined.

September 28, 2012
Eagles Lose to Southern Utah in Five-Set Heartbreaker
In the first-ever Big Sky matchup between the Eastern Washington University volleyball team and the Thunderbirds of Southern Utah, the Eagles were handed a tough 3-2 loss on their home court in Cheney, Wash. Despite a dominating performance in the second and third sets, Eastern could not hold on, as it dropped its 16th-consecutive match and fifth in the league season, 25-18, 16-25, 17-25, 25-22, 15-11.

September 25, 2012
Four-Match Home Stand Begins for Eagles with Southern Utah and Northern Arizona
It’s a busy weekend in Cheney, Wash., and the Eastern Washington University volleyball team will get the party started with an anticipated matchup against new Big Sky member, Southern Utah, on Thursday (Sept. 27) at Reese Court.

September 23, 2012
Eagles Swept by Montana
The Eastern Washington University volleyball team was again denied its first win of the 2012 season, as I suffered a 3-0 (25-20, 25-16, 25-17) loss to Montana on Saturday (Sept. 22) at West Auxiliary Gym in Missoula, Mont.

September 21, 2012
Eagles Take Two Sets Off Montana State, but Can’t Hold on For the Breakthrough Win
They have been here before, but this one was a little harder to swallow. After 13-straight losses, the Eastern Washington University volleyball team had its first win of the season just within reach, but behind the palpable energy of their home crowd, the Bobcats of Montana State prevailed with a narrow 3-2 decision

September 20, 2012
New Applications Make it Easy to Follow Eagles Via Mobile Phone – For FREE
It’s easier than ever to follow Eastern Washington University athletic teams via mobile phones, as well as via the internet on computers and tablet devices. And best of all, it’s all FREE of charge.

September 19, 2012
Eagles Back on the Road to Face the Montana Schools
Although still working out some kinks from the many unexpected changes that occurred early in the 2012 season, the Eastern Washington University volleyball team is eager to get back on the court. Looking for a breakthrough and that first W of the season, Eastern heads to the Motnanas for its next Big Sky action.

September 18, 2012
Eagles Suffer 3-0 Setback to Portland State
Playing in front of a rowdy home crowd for the first time this season, the Eastern Washington University volleyball team could not find quite enough to get past the Vikings of Portland State, as the Eagles fell 3-0 (27-25, 25-17, 25-17) on Monday (Sept. 17) at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash.

September 16, 2012
Finally Home, Eagles Host Portland State Monday at Reese Court
After 12-straight matches on the road, the Eastern Washington University volleyball team will finally enjoy a little home court advantage this Monday (Sept. 17) when it plays Portland State at 7 p.m. at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash.

September 14, 2012
Hornets Sting Eastern in Big Sky Season Opener, 3-0
Struggles continue for the Eastern Washington University volleyball team, which dropped its 12th-straight match of the season on Thursday (Sept. 13) at Colberg Court in Sacramento, Calif. The Hornets of Sacramento State upended EWU in the 2012 Big Sky season opener, 3-0 (25-18, 28-26, 25-18).

September 11, 2012
Eagles Open Big Sky Season Thursday at Sac State
It was not the smoothest preseason, but the Eastern Washington University volleyball team survived, and now looks ahead to conference with sanguinity and excitement. Eastern begins Big Sky play this Thursday (Sept. 13) at Sacramento State. First serve from Colberg Court is scheduled for 7 p.m. Pacific time. The Eagles will then make their home debut the following Monday (Sept. 17) against Portland State.

September 8, 2012
Eagles Keep it Close, but Lose to Iowa in Three
In its final non-conference duel of the season, the Eastern Washington University volleyball team suffered another setback, losing to Iowa in three competitive sets. The Hawkeyes edged EWU, 25-22, 26-24, 25-18, on Saturday (Sept. 8) in Ames, Iowa.

September 7, 2012
Eagles Come Up Short Against Iowa State and Syracuse
The Eastern Washington University volleyball team showed improvement with each set played on Friday (Sept. 7) at the Iowa State Challenge, but competition was stiff in Ames, Iowa, as No. 18 Iowa State and Syracuse swept the Eagles, 3-0. Against the Cyclones, Eastern fell 25-10, 25-15, 25-15, while set scores against the Orange were 25-17, 25-21, 25-19. With the losses, EWU falls to 0-10 on the season.

September 6, 2012
Eagles Stumble in Mid-Week Matchup Against Boise State
On the bright side, the setting situation is on the mend. Unfortunately, the Eastern Washington University volleyball team remains winless in the 2012 season after dropping a mid-week match at Boise State. The Eagles lost to the Broncos in three sets (25-9, 25-16, 25-23) on Wednesday (Sept. 5) at Bronco Gym in Boise, Idaho.

September 4, 2012
Eagles Prepare for Final Tune-Ups Before Conference
Still looking for its first win of the 2012 campaign, the Eastern Washington University volleyball team will head out on a busy and important road trip this week, as it is the final one before the start of Big Sky Conference play on Sept. 13.

September 2, 2012
Talia Fermantez Named to Gonzaga Invite All-Tournament Team
Sophomore Talia Fermantez was recognized for her strong performance both offensively and defensively at the Gonzaga Invitational. The 6-1 middle blocker was one of six elite athletes named to the All-Tournament team following the two-day event in Spokane, Wash.

September 1, 2012
Eastern Falls to Jackrabbits, 3-1, but Eagle Offense Sees Dramatic Improvement
Although it will go down as a loss, the Eastern Washington University volleyball team has a lot of positives to take away from this match. In its second outing of the 2012 Gonzaga Invitational, the Eagles dropped a 3-1 (25-20, 25-23, 19-25, 25-13) decision to South Dakota State on Friday (Sept. 1) in Spokane, Wash.

September 1, 2012
Eastern Falls in Three to Gonzaga
The Eastern Washington University women’s volleyball team wrapped up day two at the Gonzaga Invite, falling 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-21) to the Gonzaga Bulldogs, Saturday (Sept. 1) in Spokane, Wash.

August 31, 2012
Eagles Drop First Match of Gonzaga Invite, 3-0
That first win continues to elude the Eastern Washington University volleyball team. Still without a trained setter to run the offense, the Eagles lost their fifth-straight match on Friday (Aug. 31) at the Gonzaga Invitational in Spokane, Wash. Eastern fell to UC Riverside, 3-0, with set scores of 25-19, 25-16, 25-22.

August 30, 2012
Eagles Stay Close to Home for Next Tournament Action
The Eastern Washington University volleyball team has had to deal with a few unexpected changes since the start of the 2012 season. Injuries to both its veteran setters has left the team in a bit of a scramble to fill what is arguably the most important position on the court. But beyond the setting dilemma, Eastern will head into the second week of competition in the 2012 campaign with a new head coach.

August 28, 2012
Kydd Resigns as Eastern Washington Volleyball Head Coach
Eastern Washington University has announced the resignation of head volleyball coach Miles Kydd, effective Tuesday (Aug. 28). Kydd tendered his resignation for personal reasons.Currently the associate head coach for EWU volleyball, Lisa Westlake will serve as interim head coach for the duration of the 2012 season.

August 28, 2012
Niemeier Suffers Torn ACL
Although said to be almost impossible, it seems lightning has in fact struck twice on the Eastern Washington University volleyball team. Two weeks before the 2012 season began, senior setter Laney Brown (Waterville, Wash.) suffered an injury to her big toe, which required surgery and has a projected 6-12 week recovery. Luckily, Eastern had two-year starter Lindsay Niemeier (Spokane, Wash.) ready to run offense for EWU.

August 27, 2012
Puckett Selected as the 2012 Keva Sonderen Award Winner
Each year, the Eastern Washington University volleyball program honors one of its members for superior work during the spring season. The award is given to the player who best exhibits strong work ethic, perseverance, character and a team-first attitude, particularly with regard to strength and conditioning.

August 25, 2012
Eagles Suffer a Pair of 3-0 Losses on Day Two of UniWyo Wyoming Invitational
If there’s one position it’s tough to be without, it is a setter. A run of bad luck to start the 2012 season has left the Eastern Washington University volleyball team without a trained quarterback to run its offense.

August 24, 2012
Eastern Drops First Two Matches of 2012 Season, and Loses Starting Setter in the Process
In the 2012 season opener, the Eastern Washington University volleyball team endured a 3-1 loss at the hands of the San Francisco Dons. But the bigger hit to EWU on Friday (Aug. 24) at the UniWyo Wyoming Invitational was the loss of junior setter Lindsay Niemeier, who went down in the third set with an apparent knee injury.

August 22, 2012
Eagles Prepare for Four Matches in Two Days to Kick Off 2012 Campaign
The Eastern Washington University volleyball team has a busy opening weekend in store, as the Eagles head to Laramie, Wyo., for the UniWyo Wyoming Invitational. In its 2012 debut, Eastern will face San Francisco and Seattle on Friday (Aug. 24), followed by two more matches on Saturday (Aug. 25) against Presbyterian and host-Wyoming.

August 21, 2012
SEASON OUTLOOK: Behind Strong Leadership, Eagles Aim for Synergy in 2012
The Eastern Washington University volleyball team heads into the 2012 season with a few unknowns. Which of its three freshman middles will step up to fill a starting role? Will the Eagles have a healthy defensive specialist to carry the load in the back row?

August 18, 2012
Eagles Cruise Past Alumni, 3-0
Despite the return of two Big Sky MVPs, the Eastern Washington University volleyball team handled the alumni squad with ease on Saturday (Aug. 18) in the annual alumni scrimmage at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash. The 2012 Eagles swept, 3-0 (25-10, 25-13, 25-17), and also won a bonus fourth set by a score of 25-16.

August 13, 2012
Eagles Tabbed Third in Big Sky Preseason Poll
In the newly expanded Big Sky Conference that now features 11 teams, Eastern Washington was tabbed as one of the top three heading into the 2012 campaign. In the Big Sky volleyball preseason poll, released Monday (Aug. 13) by the league office, EWU was picked third with 71 total points. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams.

July 24, 2012
Q&A: EWU Outside Hitter Britta Forsythe
After a highly successful prep career at North Idaho Christian and Lake City High School, outside hitter Britta Forsythe was recruited to play volleyball for Eastern Washington University. The opportunity to be a Division I student-athlete at a school just 50 miles west of where she grew up was a dream come true. But actually fulfilling this dream has been much harder than anticipated.

June 18, 2012
Space Still Available for the 2012 Eagle Volleyball Summer Camp, Register Now
A few spots still remain for the 2012 Eagle Volleyball Skills Camp and Team Camp, held on the campus of Eastern Washington University. The skills camp, geared toward female volleyball players ages 12-18, will run from July 9-11 at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash. Cost for the camp is $220 for day campers and $320 for residential.Team Camp will take place the following week July 16-18

June 7, 2012
Eagle Volleyball Announces an Action-Packed Schedule for 2012
With three early-season tournaments and two new conference foes in the mix, the Eastern Washington University volleyball team has a chock-full schedule for the upcoming 2012 campaign.The Eagles will play a total of 31 regular-season matches, and that's at least two more than they've played each year in the last decade. Eastern has 11 non-conference duels and 20 within the Big Sky Conference.

June 1, 2012
Eastern Volleyball Launches Second Edition of “Play to Stay” Fundraiser
With the 2011-12 school year winding down, the Eastern Washington University volleyball team will now turn its attention to a special fundraising effort in the upcoming season. As of Friday (June 1), the Eagles have officially launched the second edition of their “Play to Stay” Fundraiser, which features a grand prize valued at more than $6,000. And this year, the raffle also includes a second-place prize valued at more than $1,500.

January 6, 2012
Eagle Volleyball Announces 2012 Summer Camp Dates
Eastern Washington University volleyball has set the dates for the 2012 Eagle Volleyball Summer Camps!The Individual Camp, which focuses on specific positions and related skills, will be July 9-11. Cost is $220 for day campers and $340 for residential. The Team Camp will be held July 16-18, and will provide an opportunity for squads to work directly with coaches and camp counselors on different rotations and team tactics that will prepare them for the upcoming season.

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