Cheney, Wash. – The Eastern Washington University volleyball team welcomed back its alumni for a friendly match at Reese Court Sunday, Aug. 16, with the current squad winning all three sets in its lone preseason contest.
What It Means
The exhibition match serves as Eastern's only tune-up against someone beside itself in advance of its 2015 season. EWU will now continue to train ahead of its season opener against Seattle on Friday, Aug. 28, as part of the Molten Classic in Berkeley, Calif.
Freshman Ka'iulani Ahuna led the Eagles with 10 kills, committing just two errors on 23 swings. She added four digs and also put away one service ace.
Sophomore Nicole Rigoni and freshman Tilbe Yaglioglu split time at setter in EWU's 5-2 rotation. Rigoni finished with 24 assists, four digs and two kills while Yaglioglu tallied 17 assists and six digs.
Freshman Fernanda Vido saw a majority of the action at libero, registering 18 digs.
Rigoni and Yaglioglu did a nice job of spreading the ball around as 12 different Eagles registered at least one kill.
EWU was relatively error-free on the day, committing just 15 miscues on 115 attacks for a .296 team hitting percentage. They struggled a bit in serve receive, however, finishing with eight receiving errors to just six service aces.
Quoting Coach Benson
"For it being only one week after we began training, I was really impressed with how we handled the ball. I thought we played aggressively across the board. Our bench players came in and did a nice job for us the entire match.
"We haven't quite figured out a starting lineup, but we're getting closer. We have a lot of options as the players continue to play well. I'm really happy with the team chemistry."
Eastern will resume practicing for the next two weeks before flying down to the Golden State for the Molten Classic in Berkeley, Calif. The Eagles open their 2015 campaign against Seattle on Friday, Aug. 28, before taking on host California and Nevada on Saturday, Aug. 29.