@EWUVolleyball Looks To Continue Strong Start To League Play With Road Matches At Montana State, Montana

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Match Notes

Cheney, Wash. – Off to its best start to Big Sky Conference play in 12 years, the Eastern Washington University volleyball team will begin a four-match road trip with contests at Montana State and Montana this week.

EWU will square off with the Bobcats this Thursday, Oct. 15, before taking on the Grizzlies this Saturday, Oct. 17. Both matches are set to begin at 6 p.m. PST.

Eastern (11-6, 6-0 BSC) picked up a pair of league wins this past week, topping both Sacramento State and Portland State in four sets at Reese Court. The Eagles have not started conference play with six straight victories since the 2003 season when they won their first 11 Big Sky matches.

Winners of seven straight heading into this week, EWU has upped its play in league action, pacing the conference in opponent hitting percentage (.136) while ranking second in hitting percentage (.244), blocks per set (2.60 b/s) and digs per set (16.19 d/s).

Individually, senior Ryann Ensrud ranks third in digs per set (4.81 d/s) in conference play and has notched at least 20 digs in three of Eastern's last four matches. Classmate Ana Jakovljevic has put down double-digit kills in the Eagles' last four contests and is averaging 3.29 kills per set in Big Sky contests to rank eighth.

Montana State (3-11, 1-5 BSC) enters Thursday's contest have lost its last four league matches. The Bobcats' lone Big Sky win came back on Sept. 26, a four-set victory over Montana in Bozeman, Mont. MSU is hitting just .180 in conference play while allowing opponents to swing at a .263 clip.

Montana (4-14, 0-6 BSC) is winless in Big Sky matches so far this season, its last win coming back on Sept. 19 versus UIC. The Grizzlies have allowed opponents to hit .273 in conference play and are averaging 1.52 blocks per set, good for 11th.

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