Sept. 6, 2008
The Eastern Washington University volleyball team matched up with Idaho on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 6) at the Idaho Volleyball Classic in a match featuring two of the best teams in the Inland Northwest. The host Vandals came out on top in the contest by 25-21, 25-15, 27-25 scores.
The Eagles entered the match having defeated teams like Notre Dame and Arkansas and pushing No. 17 Colorado State to the brink on the road before falling 3-2, while Idaho swept Washington State 3-0 last night and moved to 4-1 on the season with its win over Eastern today.
Idaho pulled away from a narrow 20-19 edge in set one to claim the stanza 25-21. The Vandals then had complete control over the second set after pulling away from a 10-9 advantage to finish the set with a 15-6 run. Eastern played really well in the third set and even held a set point at 24-23 before the Vandals pulled out a 27-25 win to complete their match victory over the Eagles (2-3).
Chenoa Coviare had five blocks for the second-straight match. Two Eagles had double-digit kill totals: Hayley Hills (11) and Alysha Cook (10). Cook hit an Eagle-best .304 in the contest (10-3-23). Hills also set the Eagle pace in digs with 13 and was closely followed by JaNae Mortensen, who had 12.
The Eagles will play another top Inland Northwest foe in Washington State at 4:30 p.m. today. The Cougars fell to 3-2 after losing 3-0 to Notre Dame this morning. Eastern last played the Cougars on Sept. 27, 2005, a 3-1 EWU in Cheney. But the teams had not faced off prior to then since a 3-0 Washington victory in Pullman on Oct. 12, 1994.