Oct. 2, 2007
The Eastern Washington University volleyball team was outlasted by the host Idaho Vandals on Tuesday evening (Oct. 2) by 30-26, 30-26, 30-22 scores. The Eagles now look ahead to a road contest against the first-place team in the Big Sky Conference, Portland State. That contest will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 5) in the Rose City.
The first game was extremely close until the very end of the stanza. The first four-point lead for either team was Idaho's at 28-24 (the only three-point advantages up to that point were 24-21 and 27-24).
In the second game, Idaho (7-9) used a 6-0 run to pull from an 8-7 deficit to the Eagles (6-10) to take a 14-7 advantage. The Vandals kept EWU at bay the rest of the contest, although the Eagles came within two late at 28-26.
The third game started out close, but Idaho used a commanding 10-1 run to pull away from an 11-11 tie for a 21-12 advantage. Although down by plenty, the Eagles refused to die and went on a 7-3 run to get within five at 24-19, but the Vandals pulled away from there.
Allison Reinstein had the best hitting percentage for the Eagles tonight, hitting at a .421 clip (9-1-19). Leading the way in kills for the first time this season was Chenoa Coviare, as she had 12. Ashley Hamilton set the pace in assists with 20, while Amanda Yausie tallied 17. Reinstein and Alysha Cook had four blocks apiece. Mandy Daniels set the Eagle pace in digs with 20.
The Eagles, at 5-1 in Big Sky Conference play, sit in third place and will take on first-place Portland State (12-4, 6-0 BSC) at 7 p.m. on Saturday (Oct. 5). The match will take place on the PSU campus.