Unbeaten In Big Sky Play, @EWUVolleyball Hosts Sacramento State, Portland State

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vs. Sacramento State   vs. Portland State
Thursday, Oct. 8 - 6 p.m. PST   Saturday, Oct. 10 - 6 p.m. PST
Reese Court - Cheney, Wash.   Reese Court - Cheney, Wash.
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Cheney, Wash. – Currently riding a five-match winning streak and off to its best start to Big Sky Conference play in six seasons, the Eastern Washington University volleyball team hosts Sacramento State and Portland State in league counters this week.

EWU squares off with the Hornets on Thursday, Oct. 8, before facing the Vikings on Saturday, Oct. 10. Both matches are set to start at 6 p.m. PST.

Eastern (9-6, 4-0 BSC) earned a pair of conference victories this past week, topping Southern Utah in four sets on the road and sweeping Idaho at Reese Court. The Eagles' triumph over the Vandals was its first win over UI since Sept. 30, 2009.

One of only two undefeated teams left in the Big Sky, EWU's current stretch of five straight wins dates back to its victory over Corban in its final nonconference match on Thursday, Sept. 17. That streak is the program's longest since it won five consecutive contests twice back in 2011.

Eastern has yet to drop a set in four home matches, sweeping Corban before cruising past Big Sky foes North Dakota, Northern Colorado and Idaho. The Eagles' three-set wins over UND and UNC on the opening weekend of league play was the first time since 2004 that EWU recorded consecutive sweeps to kick off its conference slate.

The Eagles have upped their game in Big Sky matches, leading the conference in kills per set (14.62 k/s), assists per set (13.77), hitting percentage (.267) and opponent hitting percentage (.146). Eastern also ranks in the top half of the league in digs per set (16.15 d/s) and blocks per set (2.42 b/s).

Sacramento State (16-3, 3-1 BSC) owns league victories over Southern Utah, Northern Arizona and Weber State, with its lone loss coming on the road at preseason favorite Idaho State. The Hornets rank second in the Big Sky in hitting percentage (.248) and first in kills per set (13.89). Lauren Kissell is one of just four Big Sky players to average at least 4.00 kills per set, and she ranks eighth in the league in hitting percentage (.313).

Portland State (5-11, 1-3 BSC) enters the week having lost five of its last six matches. The Vikings notched their only conference win so far this season last Thursday, Oct. 1, beating Weber State in five sets. PSU is hitting just .176 as a team, the worst mark in the league, and is allowing opponents to swing at a .234 clip.

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