Eagles Sweep Boise State, Look Ahead to Saturday Showdown

Nov. 8, 2007

Box Score

The Eastern Washington University volleyball team swept visiting Boise State 30-17, 30-17, 30-25 on Thursday (Nov. 8). Eastern hit .343 (53-17-105) in the contest, its highest hitting percentage in a match this season, and will now play for a championship in its last two matches of the 2007 regular season.

"It was a good win for us, and we tried to get some reps for a lot of our players in the third game," interim head coach Irene Matlock said.

The Eagles now have their eyes set on a Saturday showdown with first-place Portland State (19-6, 12-2 BSC). That match will begin at 7 p.m. in Cheney and is the first of two that Eastern Washington will play against teams just ahead of it in the standings.

Wins in Saturday's match and a Nov. 16 home contest with Sacramento State (23-6, 10-2 BSC) would ensure EWU (11-3 BSC) at least a share of the league's regular-season crown.

The Eagles (13-13) hit and served at a high level tonight. In addition to its quality hitting performance, Eastern Washington had 11 service aces, five by Kristen Ponce. The senior's total ties for an Eagle season high, as JaNae Mortensen also had five against Weber State on Oct. 20.

Hayley Hills set the pace in kills versus Boise State with 19, while Chenoa Coviare had 11 and Alysha Cook contributed 10. Leading the way in the assist category was Ashley Hamilton, as she had 32. Mandy Daniels set the match pace in digs with 11, while Coviare had four blocks and three service aces.

The Eagles pulled away early in each of the first two games. The first game saw Eastern go up 12-3 and earn its largest advantage late at 28-13 and 29-14. In game two, EWU used a 10-3 run to take a 19-8 advantage. Its largest lead in that stanza was 14, attained four times late.

Game three was closer, as the Broncos (5-21) rallied from a 13-4 deficit to get within five on four occasions and as close as four at 25-21. Eastern Washington, however, pulled away from there to put the finishing touches on its win.

Eastern Washington will now close out its regular season with the two home contests with Portland State and Sacramento State, both set to begin at 7 p.m. The Vikings visit on Saturday (Nov. 10) and the Hornets on Nov. 16.

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