Sweep of Bobcats Moves Eagles to 2-1 in Big Sky

Sept. 20, 2007

Box Score

The Eastern Washington University volleyball team is off to a strong Big Sky Conference start following a 34-32, 30-19, 30-24 road win over Montana State on Thursday (Sept. 20). The Eagles moved to 2-1 in league play with the win.

After the Bobcats (1-13, 0-3 BSC) tied the first game, 17-17, the teams stayed within three points of each other the rest of the stanza. Montana State staved off four game points before the Eagles used an Alysha Cook kill to put away the Bobcats.

The second was all Eastern (3-9), as the Eagles went up 9-3, 16-9 and 25-14 on its way to a dominating 30-19 victory.

The third game was close throughout the majority of the stanza before Eastern pulled away from a 20-all tie with a 5-1 run and cruised from there to its 30-24 victory.

Mandy Daniels' dig total of 23 was the most by an Eagle in a three-game match since Andrea Verdoljak had 24 in an Oct. 27, 2005, contest with Sacramento State. Other Eagles with double-digit dig totals tonight included Kristen Ponce (14) and JaNae Mortensen (12).

The Eagles as a team had 10 blocks in the match, tied for the second-highest total of the season. Allison Reinstein and Chenoa Coviare each contributed five blocks.

Offensively, Hayley Hills led Eastern with 16 kills, while Cook had 13 and Coviare tallied 10. Amanda Yausie had 40 assists and Ashley Hamilton had 12.

The Eagles continue its stay in The Treasure State, next traveling 200 miles to the northwest to Missoula. The Eastern-Montana match will begin at 6 p.m. Pacific Time on Saturday (Sept. 22). The Grizzlies fell to 5-8, 1-2 in Big Sky play, following a 31-29, 30-21, 23-30, 21-30, 15-9 home loss to Portland State.

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