Pocatello, Idaho – The Eastern Washington women's volleyball team fell in straight sets at third-place Idaho State Thursday, Nov. 21, in a Big Sky match at Reed Gym.
The Eagles fall to 9-21 (6-13 Big Sky) with the loss while Idaho State improves to 20-10 (14-5 BSC). Set scores for the match were: 19-25, 18-25, 19-25.
Senior Lindsay Niemeier finished with 14 assists to go along with seven digs and four kills. Sophomore Ryann Ensrud paced the Eagles with 13 digs while senior Ashley Wright tallied a match-high five blocks.
A block from Julian brought the Eagles to within one, 6-5, early in the first set, but the Bengals used a 4-1 run to take a four-point lead behind a pair of kills from Makenzie Filer. The hosts opened up a six-point advantage, 14-8, after a service ace from Lori Mendenhall-Lee, causing EWU to call its first timeout.
Down 19-10, Eastern used a 4-0 run to pull to within five, 19-14, punctuated by a kill from Julian. The Bengals went back up seven, 22-15, on a kill from Tressa Lyman, leading EWU to take its second timeout. A kill from Schumacher brought the Eagles back to within five, 23-18, but the hosts held on to claim the first set.
The Bengals opened the second set with a strong sequence of play, taking a 7-2 lead on a block from Lyman and Sommer Reeder. After ISU went up seven, 12-5, a service ace from freshman Chloe Watson and a kill from Schumacher kept EWU within striking distance, down 12-7. Still down five, 13-8, Idaho State reeled off six of the next seven points to take a 10-point advantage, 19-9, near the end of the frame.
Julian put away a pass from Niemeier to cut the Bengals' lead to eight, 20-12, before ISU took its largest lead of the set, 24-12, after another block. Eastern continued to battle, however, staving off six set points before Idaho State finally ended things to take a 2-0 lead into the break.
The third set was back and forth early as neither squad was able to gain any separation. With the score tied at 5-5, ISU used a 3-0 run to gain a three-point advantage only to see Eastern come back to within one, 9-8, behind a block from Wright. The Bengals answered with another run, opening up a 12-8 advantage as the Eagles took their first timeout.
A kill from Fermantez brought EWU to within two, 13-11, but Idaho State extended its lead to five, 16-11, before taking a seven-point advantage on an attack error from Watson. A kill from Wright and three straight miscues from Idaho State brought Eastern to within three, 20-17, as the Bengals were forced to call timeout. The Bengals scored three consecutive points out of the timeout to open up a 23-17 advantage, holding off a late Eastern charge to take the set and the match.
Lyman led all players with 12 kills while Filer added 11 for ISU. Mendenhall-Lee finished with a double-double of 41 assists and 10 digs.
Eastern hit .128 for the match compared to Idaho State's .274 clip. The Eagles registered nine blocks to the Bengals' eight, but ISU recorded six service aces to EWU's two.
Eastern concludes it 2013 campaign this Saturday, Nov. 23, with a road match at Big Sky foe Weber State. First serve is set for 6 p.m. PST.