Sept. 6, 2008
The Eastern Washington University volleyball team wrapped up an impressive weekend of play at the Idaho Volleyball Classic with a 25-27, 25-20, 25-16, 26-24 win over Washington State on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 6).
The Eagles are now 3-3 on the season against a challenging slate of contests so far and completed this tournament with a 2-1 mark, good for second place. Eagles named to the All-Tournament team included Hayley Hills and Ashley Hamilton.
In today's EWU-WSU contest, the first set went down to the wire as the squads were tied at 23, 24 and 25 before Washington State (3-3) staved off a set point with the final three tallies for a 27-25 Cougar win. However, the Eagles took the second and third sets comfortably by 25-20 and 25-16 scores, respectively. Then the fourth set was a tight one late, as Eastern this time pulled away from a 24-24 tie for a 26-24 win.
"I think we could have played more consistently today, but overall we got the job done," head coach Miles Kydd said.
Allison Reinstein set the Eagle pace in blocks with eight, the most by an Eagle so far in 2008, while Hamilton had five, her second-highest sum ever and just two off her career high. Chenoa Coviare had four putbacks and 14 on the weekend. As a team, the Eagles had an incredible total of 14 blocks against the Cougars.
Hills set the team pace in kills with 17, and she also had 15 digs in the contest. JaNae Mortensen and 18 digs to lead the Eagles in that category, while Amy VanderWel had 10 for the freshman's first-ever double-digit dig total.
The Eagles will now look ahead to three more intense matches at the Oregon Classic. After playing Baylor (7-0) on Friday (Sept. 12), Eastern Washington will take on No. 13 Oregon (5-1) and UNLV (2-4) the next day.