Nov. 6, 2006
Coming Up (Times Pacific; *Big Sky Conference):
- W. Volleyball - Thursday November 9 - *Montana State 7:05 p.m.
- W. Volleyball - Saturday November 11 - *Montana 8:05 p.m.
Previous Action (*Big Sky Conference):
- W. Volleyball - Saturday November 4 - *at Northern Arizona W 3-1
- W. Volleyball - Thursday November 2 - *at Northern Colorado W 3-1
- After winning nine out of its last ten matches, the Eastern Washington University volleyball team (16-8, 8-6) will finish the regular season hosting Montana State Thursday (Nov. 9) at 7:05 p.m. and Montana Saturday (Nov. 11) at 8:05 p.m. Both matches will be played at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash.
- Eastern will honor five seniors in the match against Montana on Nov. 11. Stephanie Baker and Raelynn Chaffee are graduating after playing one season with the Eagle volleyball team. Baker is a transfer from Columbia Basin Community College in Pasco, Wash. As of Nov. 6th, she has 40 career digs as an Eagle and is hitting .286, which ranks her eighth in the Big Sky Conference. Chaffee, from Boise, Idaho, switched to volleyball after playing four years for Eastern's baskeball program. In her year with the volleyball team she has tallied 45 kills and seven blocks. Chrystal Johnson and Ashley Gandauli transferred together two years ago from the College of Southern Idaho. Together at Southern Idaho they helped lead them to a 40-3 record their sophomore year and 39 victories thus far at EWU. With at least three matches remaining in her career as an Eagle, Johnson has already provided Eastern with solid numbers offensively, with 388 kills and 177 digs. She also has 30 career assists and 11 service aces. Gandauli, from Honolulu, Hawaii, has 90 career digs as an Eagle. In 2005 she had 10 assists or more in five different matches. Brittney Page is the only four-year player in this senior class. She actually red-shirted one year and has been with the program a total of five years. Twice this year Page has been named player of the week, and has been atop the leaders in the Big Sky Conference throughout the year in hitting percentage and kills. So far in her career, Page has 373 digs, 24 solo blocks, 77 assists and a .246 hitting percentage. With 626 kills, she is fifth all-time in Eastern history.
- With the victory over Northern Arizona (Nov. 4), Eastern clinched a spot in the Big Sky Conference tournament. Only two matches remain in the BSC and the Eagles are currently in fourth place, just a half of match behind Montana for third.
- The top six teams in the BSC will make the Big Sky Conference Championships Nov. 16-18 at the site of the regular season champion, which will either be Sacramento State or Portland State. The current BSC standings are: Sacramento State (13-1), Portland State (12-2), Montana (9-5), Eastern Washington (8-6), Northern Colorado (7-7), Idaho State (5-11), Northern Arizona (4-10), Montana State (3-11) and Weber State (3-11).
- 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.
- Addie Webster recorded her ninth-straight double double with 15 kills and 15 digs in the 3-1 victory over NAU on Nov. 4. Kerri Beck and Chrystal Johnson also recorded 15 kills each for the Eagles. Mandy Daniels once again led the Eagles in digs with 24 and Amanda Yausie had 48 assists.
- Chrystal Johnson had 25 kills and 11 digs for the Eagles for her third consecutive double double. Addie Webster had 10 kills and 18 digs as the Eagles defeated the Northern Colorado Bears 3-1 to split the season series on Nov. 2.
- Sacramento State snapped EWU's seven-match winning streak Oct. 28, as the Hornets beat the Eagles 3-2 in Cheney.
- The Eagles are ranked 24th in the nation in attendance averaging 1,292 in their first seven home matches of the 2006 season.
- As a team, Eastern is leading the Big Sky in hitting at .243, kills (16.00), and assists (17.57), as of Nov. 6. The Eagles are ranked second in opponent hitting percentage (.158), digs (17.53), and service aces (1.77); and fifth in blocks (2.33) 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.
- As of Nov. 6, Brittney Page is fourth in the Big Sky in hitting percentage at .309. Kerri Beck is ranked fifth at .308, and Stephanie Baker is eighth (.286). Page is also sixth in the conference with 3.73 kills per game.
- Addie Webster ranks fifth overall in the conference with 3.78 kills per game and seventh in service aces per game (.031). Webster is also ranked tenth for digs per game (3.59).
- Freshman Amanda Yausie ranks fourth in the Big Sky Conference with 9.42 assists per game. She is also third in service aces per game (.036).
- Mandy Daniels is ranked eighth in the conference with 3.99 digs per game.
- 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. 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.
- 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 Clinching a Spot in the Conference Tournament: "We aren't really focused on third place - we haven't been since we started 0-5. We are just focused on one game at a time, one ball at a time and trying to get better. We knew we were going to the BSC Tournament but we just didn't know what place we were going to get. We still don't know but we do have a chance to get third and that's great. Anybody can beat anybody in the conference tournament so I don't think getting third or sixth place matters, but it matters for pride."
- On Being Ranked Weekly in National Attendance and What the Fans Mean to the Team: "It is nice to have home court advantage, and the fans have been great in that sense. The super fans have been unbelievable and they have made it a lot of fun. The girls like playing for them and they are much appreciated, like all of the fans are who come out and support us. I would like to see more student fans out there than we have seen so far this year. I think if we can have a last little push here in the last few matches it would be great to see some more people out there, especially since Saturday is senior night."
- On this Year's Graduating Seniors: "All of the seniors have been productive. Stephanie and Raelynn really helped us out coming into the program and have done an excellent job of figuring things out pretty quickly and have been great team players. Chrystal and Ashley were junior college transfers, so four of the five people have been here two years or less, which is odd for a senior class. I am so proud of Ashley for being the team player that she is. Chrystal has moved around and been very dynamic which is huge for us. They will be a big loss. Brittney has come on super strong in her five years here. She has always been a player that cares about the program first and we are going to miss her a lot."
- 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 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 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."
- EWU Women's Volleyball Information - http://www.goeags.com
- Big Sky Conference Women's Volleyball - http://www.bigskyconf.com/sport_front.asp?sportid=107
- NCAA Women's Volleyball - http://www.ncaasports.com/volleyball/womens\
- Story on Former Eagle Volleyball Player Janelle Ruen, now on the AVP Beach Volleyball Tour - http://goeags.cstv.com/sports/w-volley/spec-rel/081506aaa