Ogden, Utah – The Eastern Washington University volleyball team swept past host Weber State Saturday night, Oct. 24, in a Big Sky Conference contest at Swenson Gym.
EWU improves to 8-2 in league play and 13-8 overall while the loss drops Weber State to 1-9 in league matches and 5-15 overall.
Eastern cruised past WSU, 25-13, in a dominant first-set performance. The Eagles hit .333 in the opening stanza while holding the Wildcats to just five kills on 23 attacks.
EWU maintained its momentum in the second and third frames, keeping Weber State's offensive attack at bay while continuing to execute at a high level offensively. Eastern recording hitting percentages of .310 and .353 in the second and third sets, respectively, to secure the win.
Senior Allie Schumacher led all players with 10 kills on 23 swings, adding four digs and two blocks.
Senior Alexis Wesley and freshman Jessica Gilbert added nine kills apiece as both hit extremely well on the night. Wesley hit .692 (9-0-13) to go along with two blocks while Gilbert swung at a .385 clip (9-4-13), adding a match-high five blocks and four digs.
Sophomore Nicole Rigono registered 36 assists and seven digs while senior Ryann Ensrud paced the Eagles with nine digs.
EWU hit .333 as a team while Weber State finished the night with a .099 hitting percentage.
Eastern's defense was also dominant, notching 42 digs to the Wildcats' 24 digs. Both teams finished with seven blocks.
Quoting Coach King
"I thought we handled the ball well tonight, and when we do that, it allows us to run our offense well. Our middles attacked with aggression and intelligence, and the few parts of our game we've been working on really clicked for us tonight."
The Eagles now have eight Big Sky wins, the most in a season since they recorded nine conference victories back in 2011.
Tonight's win keeps EWU atop the Big Sky North Division standings. Coupled with Idaho's loss at Idaho State today, Eastern owns a two-game edge over the Vandals with six league matches left.
EWU returns home for three straight matches, beginning this Thursday, Oct. 29, against Montana. The match is set to begin at 6 p.m. PST.