After 12-Day Rest, Eastern Hosts Idaho State and Sacramento State

Oct. 23, 2006

Coming Up (Times Pacific; *Big Sky Conference):

  • W. Volleyball - Thursday October 26 - *Idaho State - 7:05 p.m.
  • W. Volleyball - Saturday October 28 - *Sacramento State - 7:05 p.m.

Previous Action (*Big Sky Conference):

  • W. Volleyball - Saturday October 14 - *Portland State - W 3-1
  • W. Volleyball - Friday October 13 - *Weber State - W 3-1
  • W. Volleyball - Wednesday October 11 - Idaho - W 3-1

Team Highlights:

  • After a 12-day break, the Eastern Washington University volleyball team will return to Big Sky Conference action and try to build upon their six-match winning streak Thursday (Oct. 26) at 7:05 p.m. as the Eagles (13-7, 5-5) host Idaho State (9-16, 5-7) at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash. Eastern will then host league-leading and undefeated Sacramento State (23-4, 10-0) Saturday (Oct. 28), at 7:05 p.m.
  • Eastern sits in fifth place in the Big Sky Conference and is a match behind Northern Colorado (10-10, 6-4). Sacramento State sits atop the Big Sky undefeated (23-4, 10-0). The top six teams in the BSC will qualify for the Big Sky Conference Championships Nov. 16-18 at the site of the regular season champion.
  • Eastern and Idaho State met in the first BSC match of the year for either team on Sept. 14 in Pocatello, Idaho. The Bengals defeated the Eagles 3-1. Sophomore Addie Webster led the Eagles with three service aces, 17 kills, and 12 digs. Chrystal Johnson added 13 kills for Eastern and Brittney Page had ten. Kristen Ponce led Eastern in digs with 18.
  • In Eastern's first match at Sacramento State Sept. 28, the Eagles fell to the Hornets 3-1. Johnson had a double-double for the Eagles with 12 kills and 16 digs. She was the only Eastern player to have double digit kills or digs. Amanda Yausie led the Eagles in assists with 31.
  • On Oct. 14, the Eagles won their sixth-straight match, as they beat the Portland State University Vikings 3-1. Webster recorded her fifth-straight double-double with ten kills and ten digs. Yausie recorded her third double-double of the year for the Eagles with 46 assists and 17 digs.
  • The Eagles had three players with double-doubles in the 3-1 victory over Weber State on Oct. 13. Webster had 21 kills and 17 digs, Page had 16 kills with 11 digs and Johnson had 12 kills and 10 digs.
  • In the 3-1 non-conference victory over Idaho Oct. 11, the Eagles were led by Webster who had 10 kills and 11 digs and Johnson with 13 kills and 19 digs. Kerri Beck and Page finished with 14 kills apiece. Mandy Daniels recorded a game-high 22 digs and Stephanie Baker had a game-high seven blocks as Eastern as a team had a season-high 13 blocks.
  • As a team, Eastern is leading the Big Sky in hitting at .241 as of Oct. 22. The Eagles are ranked second in opponent hitting percentage (.152) and digs (17.26); third in assists (14.26), service aces (1.77) and kills (15.64); and fifth in blocks (2.38) per game.
  • In the last eight seasons entering the 2006 season, Eastern was 71-7 at home for a .910 winning percentage. Eastern has ranked in the top 30 nationally in attendance each of those seasons. In 2005, the Eagles were ranked 29th in the nation with 1,110 fans per game.azw3
  • The Eagles are ranked 24th in the nation averaging 1,342 in their first five home matches of the 2006 season.
  • The Eagles have finished third or better in the Big Sky regular season each of the last 10 years and have reached the title game six-straight years. They also have had an impressive streak of five-straight seasons of winning at least 20 matches, and at least 20 wins in eight of the last nine years.

Individual Highlights:

  • Brittney Page, a senior outside hitter from Vernon, B.C., was named the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week for matches played Oct. 9-16. Page helped lead the Eagles to victories that week over Idaho, Weber State and Portland State, which moved Eastern to 13-7 overall and to fifth place in the BSC at 5-5. She averaged 3.75 kills per game, 1.50 blocks per game and a .388 hitting percentage. Page recorded a double-double in the Eastern victory over Weber State, with 16 kills and 11 digs. She finished the week with 45 kills, 24 digs and 18 total blocks. On the opening week of the season back in August, Page was also awarded this honor as she led the Eagles to a 3-1 start.
  • Addie Webster was named Big Sky Player of the Week on Oct. 9 after leading the Eagles to two victories in Montana. Webster finished the weekend with 43 kills, 36 digs, four blocks and a .378 hitting percentage.
  • As of October 22, Brittney Page is fifth in the Big Sky in hitting percentage at .325 and Kerri Beck is ranked sixth at .299. Page is also fifth in the conference with 3.84 kills per game and tenth with 1.00 blocks per game.
  • Addie Webster ranks sixth overall in the conference with 3.75 kills per game.
  • Freshman Amanda Yausie ranks fifth in the Big Sky Conference with 9.13 assists per game. Both Webster and Yausie are tied for third for service aces per game with 0.34.
  • Mandy Daniels is ranked ninth in conference with 3.57 digs per game.
  • Kristen Ponce and Brittney Page were named to the Best Western Classic Inn All-Tournament Team in Wichita, Kan., on Aug. 26, after the Eagles defeated Syracuse, Louisiana Tech, and Texas San Antonio. Eastern lost 3-0 to Wichita State in the championship match.
  • On Aug. 29, Eastern's Brittney Page was named co-Big Sky Player of the Week along with Lindsay Haupt of Sacramento State. Page helped lead the Eagles to a 3-1 record in the opening week while hitting .358 with 51 kills and 13 blocks.
  • Head Coach Wade Benson entered the 2006 season with a 134-46 (.744 winning percentage) record in six seasons with the Eagles. He entered the year 68-18 (.791) in Big Sky play with three Big Sky regular season titles. In the last four seasons alone, Benson's teams had compiled a 48-8 Big Sky record.

Comments from Head Coach Wade Benson:

  • On the Six-Match Winning Streak: "We are just working hard and trying not to worry about the outcome and worry more about the process. We are happy we are on the up-swing and hopefully we are enjoying the fact that we know what it's like to win. It is going to allow us to continue to work hard and not think that we are better than we are."
  • On the 12-day break: "It is a little bit of a concern but we needed the rest. I think if we can keep the team focused on our task ahead of us it can be an exciting and useful time off."
  • On Brittney Page Being Named BSC Player of the Week Oct. 9-16: "She has really matured as a player and I am very proud of her. It has been a work in progress with Brittney as she would probably tell you. She has come a long way and is more disciplined and is leading the team by how she is playing. She is extremely consistent which is what we need right now and has been a huge factor to the winning streak that we have been on."
  • On Chrystal Johnson's Play: "I think Chrystal has been an un-sung hero for our team. She has really come through a lot in some matches that we needed her to. She is somebody that people have to game-plan towards. She is very consistent and she has put a lot of effort into this year which has been much appreciated."
  • On Addie Webster being named BSC Player of the Week Oct. 2-9: "She has been steady and that is big for us because we need consistent numbers from her. She put up huge numbers last week at Montana State and Montana and settled in this week. She probably didn't have the greatest hitting performance against Portland State, but she matured in the fact that she passed, served and blocked really well, and that is a great sign for Addie."
  • On How the Preseason Prepared Them for Conference: "I think our preseason was a little too soft for us. We played some pretty weak competition and I think that might have hurt us."
  • On Big Sky Schedule: "It is going to be a weird schedule anyway with Northern Colorado in the league, so everything is going to be brand new in regards to where we are going and how we are going to get there. But I like having the last few matches at home and hopefully we will be good enough to make it into the Big Sky Conference Championships."

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