Aug. 29, 2008
The Eastern Washington University volleyball team was defeated by Denver 25-18, 25-17, 25-22 in its first match of the 2008 season. The contest took place on Friday afternoon (Aug. 29) as part of the Hilton Classic in Fort Collins, Colo.
The Pioneers took control of the first set, taking a commanding 19-11 lead and prevailing 25-18. In the next stanza, a Chenoa Coviare kill brought Eastern to within four at 18-14, but that was the closest the Eagles would get the rest of the way.
The third set saw the teams fight tooth-and-nail. An early 7-3 Denver lead was erased by an impressive 8-2 Eastern run. Alysha Cook had three kills in that run that gave EWU an 11-9 lead. The teams were tied at 21 after a Hayley Hills kill, but the Pioneers responded by scoring twice to put just a little space between the teams and hold on for the win.
The top offensive performance by an Eagle in the contest was achieved by Coviare, who hit .357 (6-1-14) in the match. Cook also had an impressive outing, as she hit .353 (9-3-17). Ashley Hamilton had the bulk of the team’s assists with 23.
Mandy Daniels was steady in the back row, as she had 13 assists. Allison Reinstein set the team pace in blocks with two.
Denver (1-0) is coming off a 22-12 season and expects to have a good season this year, as well.
Today’s match was Eastern’s first under the new scoring system which sees each set (previously called “game”) played to 25 points, not 30, to match up with the international scoring system.
The Eagles (0-1) will play two contests on Saturday (Aug. 30) to wrap up play at the tournament. First up will be Arkansas, who opens its 2008 season versus the host and 17th-ranked Colorado State Rams tonight. That contest begins at 9 a.m. Pacific Time. The Eagles will then take on the nationally-ranked hosts at 6:30 p.m.