Aug. 30, 2008
The Eastern Washington University volleyball team bounced back impressively from a 3-0 loss in its season opener for a dominating 3-0 sweep of Southeastern Conference-member Arkansas on Saturday morning (Aug. 30) in Fort Collins, Colo. The Eagles impressively held the Razorbacks to a -.085 hitting percentage for the match.
The last time Eastern Washington was able to hold any opponent to a negative hitting percentage occurred in a 3-0 win over St. Francis (N.Y.) on Sept. 1, 2006. In today’s contest, Arkansas hit negative in each of the three sets.
“It was good to get a win and to beat an SEC team is definitely an accomplishment,” head coach Miles Kydd said. “That is obviously a very good conference (five of the league’s 11 teams qualified for the 2007 NCAA Championship), and we try to compete against those teams. This is like beating a Pac-10 team in my mind.”
Arkansas appeared on its way to a 1-0 games lead when the Razorbacks held a commanding 23-19 lead late in that initial stanza. Amanda Yausie had other plans. She cut the deficit to 23-20 with a kill, then stepped back to the serving line and proceeded to remain there until Eastern won the game with a set-ending 6-0 run.
In the second set, the Eagles pulled out to 9-3 and 16-9 leads before prevailing 25-12. Set three was more of the same, as EWU was up 9-4 and 17-9 on its way to a 25-14 victory.
Ashley Hamilton had some impressive dumps in the contest and hit .571 (4-0-7). Also contributing impressive offensive showings today were Hayley Hills, who hit .423 (16-5-26), and Allison Reinstein, who hit .417 (7-2-12).
Other contributions came from Jacque Brown (10 kills) and Mandy Daniels (13 digs). Tallying three blocks apiece today were Reinstein, Alysha Cook and Chenoa Coviare. Hamilton had 33 assists to lead Eastern in that category.
The Eagles now set their sights on No. 17 Colorado State, the hosts of the Hilton Classic. The Rams opened their season with a 3-0 win over Arkansas and play Denver this morning before taking on Eastern tonight. First serve is set for 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time. A significant crowd is expected, as 3,211 spectators attended the CSU-Arkansas contest.