August 9, 2007

Eagle Volleyball Selected Fifth in Big Sky Poll

Aug. 9, 2007

Eagle Volleyball Selected Fifth in Big Sky Poll

Squad begins season Aug. 24-25 at the Sheraton Four Points Wildcat Classic

The Eastern Washington University volleyball squad was selected fifth in a vote by the Big Sky Conference head coaches. The Eagles are coming off a 20-9 season, which saw EWU go 10-6 in league play, good for a third-place finish.

That team rallied from a 0-5 Big Sky start (7-7 overall) that year to win 13-of-its-final-15 contests. The Eagles played in the Big Sky's championship match for the seventh-straight season before falling to host Sacramento State Hornets in four games.

Eastern Washington will be led this season by interim head coach Irene Matlock, who recorded a 715-246 record in 19 years as the head coach of the Community Colleges of Spokane.

Sacramento State was a unanimous choice to win the conference title and was followed in the poll by Portland State, Montana, Weber State, Eastern Washington, Northern Arizona, Idaho State, Northern Colorado at Montana State.

The Eagles open play at the Sheraton Four Points Wildcat Classic in Tucson, Ariz., from Aug. 24-25. Opponents will be Saint Mary's, Arizona and Utah State. Eastern Washington's first home contest will be its Big Sky opener, versus Weber State on Sept. 13. The young team began practicing on Wednesday (12 of the 15 players are underclassmen).

Big Sky Conference Volleyball Poll (Point Total)
1. Sacramento State (64)
2. Portland State (53)
3. Montana (48)
4. Weber State (36)
5. Eastern Washington (33)
6. Northern Arizona (32)
7. Idaho State (22)
8. Northern Colorado (19)
9. Montana State (17)

2006 Big Sky Conference Standings (Overall, Conference Records)
1. Sacramento State (30-6, 15-1)
2. Portland State (21-7, 14-2)
3. Eastern Washington (20-9, 10-6)
4. Montana (12-15, 9-7)
5. Northern Colorado (13-16, 7-9)
6. Weber State (9-24, 5-11)
7. Idaho State (10-20, 5-11)
8. Northern Arizona (8-18, 4-12)
9. Montana State (7-20, 3-13)

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