Oct. 4, 2008
The Eastern Washington University volleyball team is more than ready to head home, as the Eagles fell to Northern Arizona 30-28, 22-25, 25-23, 25-20 on Saturday evening (Oct. 4) in its final match outside of the Cheney-Spokane area until Oct. 30.
Hayley Hills had 26 kills in the Big Sky Conference match and now possesses the three-highest kill totals by a Big Sky player in 2008 (she had 28 and 26 kills, respectively, in earlier contests). She hit .254 (26-11-59) and had 10 digs in the contest.
Jacque Brown also played at a high level, hitting at a .282 clip (16-5-39) and contributing 16 kills and 21 digs. Her kill sum tied her career high (she also had 16 putaways at Northern Colorado on Nov. 3, 2007), while Brown's dig total greatly surpassed her previous career high of nine (set versus Montana on Sept. 27 and Arkansas on Aug. 30). Tonight marked Brown's first-ever double-double.
"Northern Arizona hits the ball cross-court, and Jacque did a good job digging those balls," head coach Miles Kydd said. "She had a good night."
Also, Chenoa Coviare hit .292 (12-5-24) and had 12 putaways and seven blocks, while Mandy Daniels had 11 digs. Ashley Hamilton tallied 40 assists, and Amanda Yausie had 24 helpers. Alysha Cook had five blocks in the match.
The first set, both teams' highest-scoring one of the season, saw Eastern Washington (6-9, 3-3 BSC) jump out to a 10-4 lead before NAU whittled away at the lead before taking its first advantage at 24-23. Northern Arizona would have five set points before finishing off the set (Eastern had one set point at 27-26).
In set two, Northern Arizona (11-3, 3-2 BSC) grabbed an early 4-1 lead and kept EWU just a few points at bay the rest of the stanza before prevailing 25-22. The third set was extremely tight from first serve to last when NAU put the finishing touches on a 25-23 win. In the fourth stanza, NAU extended a 16-15 lead to 21-16 and cruised to its match-clinching 25-20 victory.
"We made too many service errors tonight (18)," Kydd said. "We had 67 kills to their 52, and those service errors hurt."
In their next match, the Eagles play host to first-place Portland State (11-4, 5-1 BSC) at 7 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 10). The Vikings fell to Northern Colorado 3-1 on Saturday to suffer their first Big Sky loss of the season. The match is the only one next week for both Portland State and Eastern Washington.