Sept. 20, 2008
The Eastern Washington University volleyball ended its first Big Sky Conference road trip on a down note, falling to Idaho State 25-19, 25-19, 28-26 in a contest played in Pocatello on Saturday evening (Sept. 20).
After Idaho State won the first two sets by identical 25-19 scores, the Bengals looked well on their way to securing a comfortable third-set victory before Eastern Washington stormed back to make it tight, utilizing an 8-2 run to turn a 22-16 deficit into a 24-24 tie.
At that point, Hayley Hills single-handedly staved off three consecutive match points with kills (when Idaho State led 24-23, 25-24 and 26-25). Unfortunately for Eastern, the Bengals were successful in converting their fourth match point at 27-26 into a 28-26 victory.
Hills led the team on the evening in kills with 17 putaways. Sharing the setting duties were Ashley Hamilton and Amanda Yausie, as the two had 17 and 12 assists, respectively. Mandy Daniels set the pace in the digs category with 16, while Hills completed her double-double with 15 digs.
"Things went Idaho State's way tonight and then snowballed," head coach Miles Kydd said. "Obviously we need to do a better job in the gym. We had a lot of unforced errors and didn't take care of the ball, which goes back to me and the training we have been doing in the gym. This is my responsibility to get us in a better mode. We have to be better if we are going to compete in this conference."
After opening the season with 11 matches played away from home, Eastern Washington now looks ahead to its home opener, which will be on Thursday (Sept. 25) against Montana State. First serve is set for 7 p.m. The Bobcats are 3-9, 0-2 in Big Sky play.