Eagles Soar in Home Opener

Sept. 25, 2008

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The Eastern Washington University volleyball team was victorious in its first home contest of the 2008 campaign, dominating Montana State 25-14, 25-16, 25-16 in a Big Sky Conference match played on Thursday evening (Sept. 25).

“We played well,” head coach Miles Kydd said. “I don't think Montana State would be happy with the way they played, but I thought we did a good job coming out early and establishing ourselves. We really had them on the defensive the whole night and served the ball well.”

The Eagles (5-7, 2-1 BSC) took control of each set from the get-go, as Eastern was up 21-12 in the first, 19-11 in the second and 19-10 in the third.

Alysha Cook hit at a dominating .529 clip (9-0-17) tonight, while Hayley Hills led the squad in kills with 13 and hit .375 (13-4-24). Ashley Hamilton was a force, both as a setter (31 assists) and as a hitter (.500 hitting percentage, 5-1-8).

Defensively, Chenoa Coviare had five blocks, while Cook contributed four. The team leader in digs tonight was Mandy Daniels, as the senior had nine. Hills and Jacque Brown were second on the squad in that category with seven.

The sweep was Eastern’s first since the team toppled Arkansas 25-23, 25-12, 25-14 on Aug. 30.

The Eagles will play host to Montana at 7 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 27). That match was originally scheduled to take place in the afternoon, but was moved to the evening when Eastern’s football game with Idaho State was changed to an afternoon contest.

Montana (6-7, 2-1 BSC) fell tonight at Portland State in a battle between teams tied for first in the Big Sky, 25-13, 26-24, 22-25, 25-15.

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