Sept. 23, 2006
The Eastern Washington University women's volleyball team suffered its fourth Big Sky Conference loss of the season on Saturday (Sept. 23) at Reese Court, as the Eagles were defeated 3-1 by the Northern Colorado Bears. The scores were 31-29, 30-28, 30-27 and 30-24.
Senior Brittney Page led the Eagles in kills with 17, while Chrystal Johnson wasn't far behind with 16 and Addie Webster finished with 10. Johnson also finished with 17 digs, giving her a double-double on the night. Mandy Daniels finished with a team high 21 digs.
Eastern finished with a .179 hitting percentage while UNC finished at a .199 clip.
Northern Colorado (7-7, 3-1) took the first game 31-29. Eastern rallied to take game point 29-28 only to let the game slip away. The Eagles had the higher hitting percentage with .185 compared to the Bears .160 in the loss.
Eastern took the second game in another close one, 30-28. At one point in the game, EWU had a 28-17 lead, but UNC rallied off nine unanswered points to make it 28-26. A couple volleys later, senior Brittney Page sealed the game for the Eagles with a kill assisted by Amanda Yausie. Northern Colorado out hit EWU .281 to .156 despite its loss.
Following the trend of the first two games, the third game was another close one, with the Bears taking the win 30-27. In the must win game for EWU to keep the match alive, the Bears ran away with a 30-24 win.
Next up for Eastern, now 7-7 (0-4), is a four-match Big Sky Conference road trip that begins Thursday (Sept. 28) at Sacramento State. Sacramento State (14-4, 2-0) is currently undefeated in Big Sky conference play and is coming off of an impressive 3-0 sweep of No. 25 Long Beach State.