@EWUVolleyball Opens Second Half Of Big Sky Play At Idaho State, Weber State

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Cheney, Wash. – The Eastern Washington University volleyball team begins the second half of its Big Sky Conference schedule on the road with contests at Idaho State and Weber State this week.

EWU will take on the Bengals this Thursday, Oct. 22, before facing the Wildcats this Saturday, Oct. 24. Both matches are set to begin at 6 p.m. PST.

With the first half of league play in the rearview mirror, Eastern (12-7, 7-1 BSC) is tied for first place in the conference standings with South Division foes Idaho State and Northern Arizona.

Eastern saw its eight-match winning streak and perfect 7-0 start to league play come to an end after falling in five sets at Montana last Saturday, Oct. 17. The Eagles' eight straight wins were the most since they won eight consecutive contests late in the 2007 season, while EWU's seven-match conference winning streak was its best since it won its first 11 Big Sky matches back in 2003.

Senior Ryann Ensrud had a monster outing against the Grizzlies on Saturday, setting a new career high with 38 digs. It bested her previous career high of 28 digs set earlier this season against Southern Utah on Oct. 1. Her 38 digs were the most by a Big Sky player in a conference match since Kasimira Clark had 41 digs against Sacramento State back on Sept. 15, 2012. Her 38 digs also rank third all-time in Eastern's 34-year NCAA Division I history and were the most by an Eagle since Angie Hall had 39 digs against Sacramento State back on Sept. 30, 1999.

Ensrud's 38 digs pushed her over the 1,000-dig mark in her career, becoming just the eighth player in EWU's 34-year NCAA Division I history to record 1,000 career digs. She currently ranks eighth all-time with 1,018 career digs in 102 career matches.

Sophomore Nicole Rigoni also set a new career high in EWU's match against Montana, finishing with 52 assists to go along with 10 digs. Seniors Ana Jakovljevic and Allie Schumacher joined Rigoni with double-doubles of their own with Jakovljevic notching 17 kills and 13 digs while Schumacher tallied 16 kills and 14 digs.

Idaho State (15-7, 7-1 BSC) had its own winning streak come to an end last Saturday, Oct. 17, falling in four sets at Northern Arizona. The Bengals are holding opponents to a .179 hitting percentage in conference play and are averaging 1.50 service aces per set against league foes.

Weber State (5-14, 1-7 BSC) enters this week having lost its last seven matches, including four three-set defeats. The Wildcats are hitting just .158 in Big Sky contests while allowing league opponents to swing at a .238 clip.

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