Sept. 8, 2007
The Eastern Washington University volleyball team ran into a team on Saturday evening (Sept. 8) which perhaps should be ranked in top 25 in Wichita State (6-3). The Shockers topped EWU by 30-21, 30-18, 30-20 scores in the teams' final match at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Volleyball Classic.
In tonight's contest, Ashley Hamilton had an impressive match, as she hit .600 (3-0-5) and contributed 12 assists. Amanda Yausie had a dozen assists, as well. Alysha Cook set the Eagle pace in kills with eight, while Courtney Goodson had five. Mandy Daniels was the Eastern pace setter in digs, as she contributed 13. Hayley Hills tallied 10 digs tonight.
Hills was named to the all-tournament team, as well. She had 2.44 kills and 2.22 digs per game for the three matches played.
"Mandy did a great job in the back court for us; she was a digging fool," interim head coach Irene Matlock said. "Ashley also played well, which was nice. Alysha had eight kills, a bonus."
The Eagles stayed close in the first game until Wichita State pulled away from a 9-7 lead with a 9-4 run and coasted from there. The second game was similar, as the Eagles were close at 11-10 before a 7-1 Shocker run put the game out of reach for Eastern. In the third game, WSU extended a 6-4 lead slowly throughout the stanza before closing out the match.
The previous two nights, Wichita State swept No. 19 Santa Clara and took host and 16th-ranked Hawai'i to five games the next night before succumbing. Next up for the Eagles (1-8) is their Big Sky Conference opening match against Weber State (3-4). First serve for the match will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday (Sept. 13) in Cheney.
"We actually played a little more consistent tonight, which was exciting to see," Matlock said. "Now we've got to come home and do a lot of work and gear up for Weber State."