Berkeley, Calif. – The Eastern Washington University volleyball team was bested by Nevada in three sets Saturday, Aug. 29, in its final match as part of the Molten Classic hosted by California.
EWU drops to 0-3 on the young season while Nevada improves to 1-2 with the victory.
Similar to this morning's match, the Eagles and the Pack exchanged points for large stretches of the three sets. Eastern was the better team for much of the third set and seemed poised to extend the match to a fourth frame when junior Sophie Miller put away a kill to give EWU an 18-17 lead.
Nevada would continue to battle, however, using a quick run to open up a 20-19 advantage. After a kill from freshman Jessica Gilbert evened things at 20-20, Nevada would go on to score five of the next six points, including a pair of errors from the Eagles, to take the set and the match.
Sophomore Nicole Rigoni dished out 19 assists to go along with six digs.
Nevada was strong defensively at the net, finishing with 11 blocks to the Eagles' seven.
EWU committed six more attack errors than the Pack, but saw Nevada fall victim to 10 service errors. Eastern finished the match with eight miscues behind the service line.
Wesley was the only Eagle to hit over .175 on the night, going for six error-free kills on 13 swings.
Head coach Wade Benson continues to tinker with the team's personnel groupings, using three different starting lineups in the Eagles' three matches this weekend.
The Eagles will make the cross-country trek to Louisiana for four matches next weekend, beginning with an appearance at the New Orleans Invitational. EWU opens tournament play against Providence on Friday, Sept. 4, at 11 a.m. PT.