Eastern Outlasted by Oral Roberts, 3-1
Sept. 1, 2007
After winning the initial game of its second match of the PowerAde/Asics Classic on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 1), the Eagles were defeated by Oral Roberts, 27-30, 30-23, 30-15, 30-20. Eastern (1-3) will wrap up its day's play versus the host San Francisco Dons at 7 p.m.
Hayley Hills had another outstanding performance for the Eagles this afternoon, as she had 19 kills and hit .333 (19-3-48). Chelsea Ross contributed 14 putaways to the Eagles' effort and Chenoa Coviare had 11 kills. Covaire's block total of seven was the highest recorded by an Eagle so far this season. It was also the highest sum attained by an Eastern player in a three-game match since Raelynn Chaffee did so in a 3-0 sweep of Manhattan on Aug. 30, 2006.
The Eagles won game one in dramatic fashion, as EWU pulled away from a 23-23 tie for a three-point victory. Oral Roberts (3-3) took an early 4-1 lead, but that would turn out to be its largest lead. Eastern's biggest advantage was four, which it attained on two occasions (17-13 and 28-24).
"We started out with the momentum from last night and were playing incredibly well," head coach Irene Matlock said.
Game two saw Oral Roberts gradually pull away throughout the match, taking leads of 4-1, 15-7 and 20-13 on its way to the game win, tying the match at one game apiece.
In the third game, the Golden Eagles used a 9-0 run to take a commanding 17-7 lead on its way to a convincing victory.
After ticking off seven of the first eight points to show up on the scoreboard in the fourth game, ORU never looked back. Even though Eastern Washington had by far its best hitting percentage in a game so far this season at .432 (18-2-37), Oral Roberts was near perfect, not recording a hitting error and recording a .500 percentage (18-0-36).
The EWU-USF match tonight will have live stats available at www.usfdons.com. The Dons were 3-1 entering a Saturday afternoon match with Colgate.