Eastern Upended By Idaho State

Cheney, Wash. – Sophomore Allie Schumacher posted her fourth double-double of the season but visiting Idaho State defeated the Eastern Washington women's volleyball team in four sets Saturday, Oct. 19, in a Big Sky match at Reese Court.

Eastern falls to 7-14 (4-6 Big Sky) on the year while ISU improves to 13-8 (7-3 BSC) with the win. Set scores for the match were: 20-25, 25-20, 16-25, 13-25.

Schumacher notched a team-best 14 kills to go along with 12 digs. Junior Kelsey Julian reached double figures in kills for the second straight match, going for 12 kills.

Senior Lindsay Niemeier tallied 35 assists and eight digs while sophomore Ryann Ensrud recorded a season-high 23 digs, just two shy of her career best.

Senior Ashley Wright, junior Talia Fermantez and sophomore Allison Doerpinghaus each had five blocks apiece.

The first set was close throughout as a block from Doerpinghaus and Wright tied the score at 12-12. Idaho State used a 3-0 run to pull ahead, 15-12, but the Eagles stayed with the Bengals, cutting the visitor's advantage to one, 20-19, on a kill from Schumacher. ISU turned it on from there, scoring five of the next six points to win the set.

Eastern raced out to a 9-1 lead early in the second set, controlling the flow of the game. Idaho State rallied back to within four, 15-11, before pulling to within one, 17-16, on an attack error from Wright. Kills from Fermantez and Schumacher saw Eastern go back up four, 20-16, and EWU would cruise from there, holding off the Bengals' attack to even the match at 1-1.

Much like the opening frame, the third set was back and forth as a kill from Julian tied the score at 11-11. From there, Idaho State used a 7-4 run to open up a four-point advantage that ballooned to seven, 21-14, late in the set. A kill from Schumacher stopped the run momentarily, but the Bengals scored the final two points of the set to take a 2-1 lead into the fourth frame. 

ISU fought off a strong start from the Eagles in the fourth set, turning an 8-7 lead into a 14-7 advantage. Eastern pulled to within five, 14-9, on a block from Niemeier and Fermantez, but would get no closer as the Bengals' strong play ensured them of the set and match.

Tressa Lyman led all players with 16 kills while Alydia Fields-Grimm added 12 kills and 10 digs. 

Idaho State outhit the Eagles .232 to .088, but Eastern posted 12 blocks to the Bengals' nine.

Eastern continues Big Sky play next Saturday, Oct. 26, with a road match at Sacramento State. First serve is set for 7 p.m.

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