@EWUVolleyball Hosts Montana, Montana State In Key Big Sky Matches

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vs. Montana   vs. Montana State
Thursday, Oct. 29 - 6 p.m. PST   Friday, Oct. 30 - 6 p.m. PST
Cheney, Wash. - Reese Court   Cheney, Wash. - Reese Court
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Cheney, Wash. – The Eastern Washington University volleyball team welcomes Montana and Montana State to Reese Court this week for two key late-season Big Sky Conference contests.

EWU will take on the Grizzlies this Thursday, Oct. 28, before facing the Bobcats on Friday, Oct. 29. Both matches are set to begin at 6 p.m. PST.

Eastern (13-8, 8-2 Big Sky) split a pair of road league matches last weekend, falling at Idaho State on Thursday, Oct. 22, and sweeping Weber State on Saturday, Oct. 24. The win over WSU, coupled with Idaho's loss at Idaho State this past week, gives the Eagles a two-game lead over the Vandals in the North Division standings with six conference contests left.

As things currently stand, Idaho State and Northern Arizona are tied atop the South Division standings with identical 9-1 records. If the Big Sky Tournament started today, NAU would serve as host by virtue of its win over ISU earlier this season. EWU would be the tournament's No. 2 seed as the top team from the opposite division.

Montana (6-16, 2-8 BSC) and Montana State (3-15, 1-9 BSC) have some work to do down the stretch in order to earn bids to the conference tournament. Right now, both teams are on the outside looking in and will come into the week with added motivation.

The Grizzlies endured a tough start to the Big Sky season but have won two of their last three matches, including a five-set win over Eastern back on Oct. 17. EWU had three players record double-figure kills and saw senior Ryann Ensrud tally an astounding 38 digs, but UM won the final two sets behind 31 kills from Hannah Sackett, the most by a Big Sky player this season.

Montana State has not recorded a league win since beating Montana in four sets back on Sept. 26. The Bobcats have won just three sets in eight matches since, getting swept five times. The Eagles topped MSU in four sets back on Oct. 15, dropping the first set only to come roaring back for an emphatic victory.

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