This Week In @EWUVolleyball
|vs. No. 2 Florida||vs. San Diego State|
|Thursday, Sept. 10 - 7:30 p.m. PT||Friday, Sept. 11 - 7:30 p.m. PT|
|Stan Sherriff Center - Honolulu, Hawaii||Stan Sherriff Center - Honolulu, Hawaii|
|Live Stats||Live Stats|
|at No. 16 Hawai'i|
|Saturday, Sept. 12 - 10 p.m. PT|
|Stan Sherriff Center - Honolulu, Hawaii|
|Live Stats | Live Video|
Cheney, Wash. – Coming off a perfect 4-0 weekend in the state of Louisiana, the Eastern Washington University volleyball team will jump on a plane and travel to Honolulu, Hawaii, for this week's Outrigger Resorts Volleyball Challenge, hosted by Hawai'i.
EWU will face some of the toughest squads in the country this weekend, including No. 2 Florida and the 16th-ranked Rainbow Wahine. The Eagles open against the Gators this Thursday, Sept. 10, before facing San Diego State on Friday and host UH on Saturday.
Eastern (4-3) had a stellar showing in the Pelican State this past weekend, sweeping Providence, LaSalle and New Orleans to win the New Orleans Invitational title before topping Southeastern Louisiana in four sets to cap things off. EWU hit .398 over its three matches at the New Orleans Invitational, highlighted by a .459 clip against Providence last Friday, Sept. 4. The mark was good for seventh all-time in the program's 33-year NCAA Division I history. The last time an Eastern team swung at a better clip was back on Oct. 23, 2009, when it finished with a .488 hitting percentage against Weber State.
Senior Alexis Wesley and freshman Jessica Gilbert were both named to the New Orleans Invitational All-Tournament Team after impressive individual showings. Wesley averaged 2.33 kills per set while hitting at a .576 clip to go along with nine total blocks while Gilbert averaged 2.11 kills per set and swung at a .500 clip.
Head coach Wade Benson reached an important milestone this past weekend, winning his 250th career game after the Eagles topped Providence. He is now 253-139 in 13 years as a head coach, including a 168-76 record in nine seasons at EWU.
Florida enters the week with a 4-0 record, having dropped just two sets so far this season. San Diego State owns a 1-5 record while Hawai'i is 5-1, its lone loss coming at home to UCLA last Sunday, Sept. 6.