Oct. 18, 2007
The Eastern Washington University volleyball team snapped a four-match losing streak with a road victory over Idaho State, 29-31, 30-20, 30-26, 32-30, on Thursday evening (Oct. 18). The Big Sky Conference win moved Eastern to 6-3 in league play and kept the Eagles tied for third place with Weber State, its next opponent on Saturday (Oct. 20).
Tonight's match started and ended with tight games. The Eagles uncharacteristically lost the first game of a match for the eighth straight match (Eastern has gone 4-4 in those matches) when Idaho State dramatically rallied from being down 29-27 for four straight points and a 31-29 Bengal win.
The Eagles (7-13) immediately righted the ship in the second game with a convincing 30-20 win. Eastern Washington went up 15-6 and cruised from there.
The third game saw EWU lead pretty much the whole way, but never comfortably. Even though the only Idaho State lead came at 1-0, Eastern never went up by more than four tallies. The Eagles pulled away from a 25-all tie with a 5-1 run, sealing their game win.
The fourth game was tight, as well. Idaho State (5-16, 1-8 BSC) reversed a three-point Eagle advantage in the middle of the stanza with a 6-0 run to go up by a trio of tallies, 16-13. Eastern would have the largest advantage of the game at 26-21 and were even up 29-27 before the Bengals rallied for a game point of their own at 30-29. At that point, kills by Chelsea Ross and Chenoa Coviare and a Bengal attack error earned Eastern its dramatic 32-30 win.
Ashley Hamilton had a career-high 43 assists, while Amanda Yausie contributed 18 helpers to the Eagle cause. On the other end of the set-kill combination, Hayley Hills set the pace with 21 putaways. Also recording double-digit kill totals were Coviare (13), Ross (12) and Allison Reinstein (10).
On the defensive side of the ledger, Coviare had five blocks, while Reinstein put down four Bengal attack attempts. Mandy Daniels once again led the team in digs with 22, while Hills had 15 and JaNae Mortensen contributed 11.
The Eagles will return to action at 6 p.m. Pacific Time on Saturday against Weber State, who impressively swept second-place Portland State on the road tonight, 30-23, 30-26, 30-21. Both EWU and the Wildcats, at 6-3, trail Portland State (7-2 BSC) by a match in the standings. Sacramento State is leading the league with a perfect 8-0 mark.