|at Montana||at Montana State|
|Thursday, Oct. 31 | 6 p.m.||Saturday, Nov. 2 | 6 p.m.|
|West Auxiliary Gym | Missoula, Mont.||Shroyer Gym | Bozeman, Mont.|
|Match Notes | Live Stats | Live Video||Match Notes | Live Stats | Live Video|
|EWU on Facebook | EWU on Twitter||EWU on Facebook | EWU on Twitter|
Playing its third and fourth matches in a seven-day stretch, the Eastern Washington women's volleyball team hits the road for a pair of Big Sky matches against the Montana schools this week. The Eagles take on Montana on Thursday, Oct. 31, at 6 p.m. before facing Montana State on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Eastern (7-16, 4-8 Big Sky) are in the midst of a three-match skid after playing matches against squads currently in the top half of the league standings. This past week saw the Eagles fall in four sets at Sacramento State on Saturday, Oct. 26, before suffering a hard-fought loss to Dam Cup rival Portland State in four sets on Monday, Oct. 28. The Eagles took the first set off the Hornets, 27-25, then narrowly lost the second set before the Hornets turned it on after the break. On Monday, the Vikings jumped out to a 2-0 lead only to see EWU put together an impressive performance in the third set to force a fourth, but could not maintain its momentum.
Junior Talia Fermantez had arguably her best weekend of play thus far this season, laeding the team with 11 kills at Sacramento State before notching eight kills against Portland State. She added seven blocks and four digs versus the Hornets, then went for seven blocks and three digs against the Vikings. Fellow middle blocker sophomore Allison Doerpinghaus also had a strong weekend at the net, finishing with a match-high eight blocks against CSUS before tallying six stops versus PSU.
Junior Kelsey Julian continued to showcase every facet of her game, leading the Eagles with four service aces against Sacramento State, adding seven kills, four digs and four blocks. Against Portland State, she paced EWU with 12 kills while hitting at a .423 clip, committing just one error in 26 attempts. She added six digs and four blocks versus the Vikings.
Montana (10-11, 7-5 BSC) enters Thursday's tilt having won three of its last four matches, earning victories over Sacramento State, in-state rival Montana State and Northern Colorado. It's lone loss in that stretch was a sweep at the hands of league-leading North Dakota. As a team, the Grizzlies rank second in the conference in blocks per set with an average of 2.58. Brooke Bray leads the team and ranks second in the Big Sky with an average of 1.27 blocks per set. Kayla Reno paces UM with an average of 3.26 kills per set.
Montana State (5-18, 3-9 BSC) come into the weekend on a four-match losing streak, having won just two sets in that span. Kennadie Clute leads all Big Sky players in kills per set with an average of 4.30 while Loni Kreun is second on the team with an average of 2.94 kills per set. Nicole Baker paces the conference in aces per set with an average of 0.38.