Oct. 13, 2007
The Eastern Washington University volleyball team played well on Saturday evening (Oct. 13), but ran into a powerful Sacramento State squad and was defeated by the five-time defending Big Sky Conference champions, 30-27, 30-20, 30-26.
The Eagles (6-13, 5-3 BSC) were led by Hayley Hills' 20 kills, the most accumulated by an Eastern player in a three-game match since Lizzy Mellor had 21 in a sweep of Gonzaga on Oct. 18, 2005. Hills' hitting percentage of .340 (20-4-47) was her third-highest of the season, while her 10 digs allowed the sophomore to record her sixth double-double of 2007.
Also with an outstanding performance was Mandy Daniels, as her dig total of 24 was the most attained by an Eastern player in a three-game contest since Andrea Verdoljak had that same total against this same opponent on Oct. 27, 2005.
Also with an amazing show tonight was Alysha Cook, as she hit .409 (10-1-22). Meanwhile JaNae Mortensen had 16 digs, Ashley Hamilton tallied 19 assists and Amanda Yausie contributed 14 helpers. Allison Reinstein had three blocks to lead Eastern in that category.
With its victory, Sacramento State (20-3, 8-0 BSC) won its 59th consecutive regular-season home match against Big Sky competition. The Hornets, who have won 14 straight, are also nearing its first-ever appearance in the AVCA Top 25 poll, as the team was listed third on the "Others Receiving Votes" list in this week's set of rankings.
The first game tonight was the closest of the three, as Eastern incredibly rallied from a 20-13 deficit with seven straight points. Hills contributed four kills to that run. From that point on, the teams stayed within a couple points until Sacramento State pulled away with the final three tallies of its 30-27 win.
Game two was all Sacramento State's, as the Hornets went up 12-6 and 26-14 on their way to a 30-20 victory.
The Hornets appeared to be on their way to another comfortable game victory in the third stanza before Eastern refused to quit at the end, improbably coming back from a 28-20 deficit to make it 29-26 before succumbing. Hills had three kills in that 6-1 EWU run.
The Eagles hit the road again this week, taking on Idaho State in Pocatello at 6 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday (Oct. 18). The Bengals (4-15, 1-7 BSC) ended a nine-match losing streak tonight with a 27-30, 30-24, 30-27, 24-30, 15-11 win over Montana State. The Eagles will then match up with Weber State (8-9, 5-3 BSC) two days later.