Oct. 2, 2008
The Eastern Washington University volleyball team dropped a 25-22, 25-17, 25-16 decision on Thursday evening (Oct. 2) to the host Northern Colorado Bears.
The leader in kills for Eastern tonight was Alysha Cook (10), while Hayley Hills contributed eight putaways. Two players had seven digs apiece: Hills and Mandy Daniels. Ashley Hamilton tallied 17 assists and two blocks, while Amanda Yausie had 11 helpers.
The first set went right down to the wire, as UNC (9-3, 3-1 BSC) held a narrow 23-22 edge before scoring the set's final two points. The Bears pulled out to a comfortable 20-12 lead in the second set and held on for a 25-17 win. The third set saw Northern Colorado extend an 18-15 lead to 24-15 with six straight points before prevailing 25-16.
"We need to do a better job of fighting hard when things are not going our way, and we need to persevere and push through it," head coach Miles Kydd said. "Having said that, we have another match this week, and we need to move on and get ourselves ready for that match and get a split on this road trip."
Eastern (6-8, 3-2 BSC) will now travel to the Grand Canyon State to take on Northern Arizona at 7 p.m. on Saturday (Oct. 4). The Lumberjacks started 10-2, their best start in school history, but fell to 10-3 after losing a tight 3-1 decision to first-place Portland State tonight. NAU is 2-2 in Big Sky matches.