Honolulu, Hawaii – The Eastern Washington University volleyball team spent much of the night playing catch up, eventually falling to San Diego State in three sets Friday night, Sept. 11, on the second night of the Outrigger Resorts Volleyball Challenge.
EWU falls to 4-5 with the defeat while SDSU improves to 2-6 on the year.
Eastern struggled to find much consistency offensively on the night, falling behind early in the first two sets. The Eagles would start the third set better than the opening two frames, using a kill from freshman Ka'iulani Ahuna to tie the score at 7-7.
EWU remained within striking distance midway through the set as a block from sophomores Nicole Rigoni and Chloe Weber pulled Eastern to within three, 14-11. The Aztecs reeled off seven of the next eight points, however, to take a commanding 21-12 lead before going on to win the set and the match.
Rigoni finished with 10 assists, seven digs and two blocks. Freshman Tilbe Yaglioglu added nine helpers in her time on the floor.
Freshman Fernanda Vido paced EWU with nine digs.
Eastern hit just .028 for the match compared to a .319 clip by San Diego State. The Eagles committed 18 attack errors, just four more than the Aztecs, but were unable to find the floor on a consistent basis.
SDSU was equally efficient from the service line, putting away nine aces while EWU registered just one ace.
Quoting Coach Benson
"We really didn't have the energy to answer San Diego State tonight. We did not handle the ball well enough to play in our system for long stretches. I thought we were always playing catch up."
Eastern wraps up its stay in Honolulu against No. 16 Hawai'i tomorrow, Sept. 12, in the final match of the Outrigger Resorts Volleyball Classic. First serve is set for 10 p.m. PT.