@EWUVolleyball Heads To Flagstaff For 2015 Big Sky Tournament

No. 6 EASTERN WASHINGTON EAGLES (14-13)
vs.
No. 3 IDAHO STATE BENGALS (21-9)
2015 Big Sky Tournament - Quarterfinal
Thursday, Nov. 19 | 12 p.m. PST
Rolle Activity Center (1,210) | Flagstaff, Ariz.
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Cheney, Wash. – The Eastern Washington University volleyball team is back in the Big Sky Conference Tournament for the first time in four years and will make the trek to Flagstaff, Ariz., this week for this year's edition of the league's postseason event.

The sixth-seeded Eagles (14-13, 9-7 Big Sky) will square off with No. 3 Idaho State (21-9, 13-3 BSC) in one of four quarterfinal matches this Thursday, Nov. 19, at 12 p.m. PST.

Win and Eastern will compete against either No. 2 Idaho or seventh-seeded North Dakota in a semifinal tilt on Friday, Nov. 20, at 3:30 p.m. PST. The Big Sky Tournament's championship match is set for Saturday, Nov. 21, at 6 p.m. PST, with the winner earning the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship.

Northern Arizona won this year's Big Sky regular season title and will serve as host of the conference tournament.

EWU fell to the Bengals in straight sets in Pocatello, Idaho, back on Thursday, Oct. 22. ISU's defense held the Eagles to a .053 hitting percentage and just 26 kills on 94 total attacks while the Bengals hit .256 as a team. The match largely came down to each team's execution from the service line as Idaho State finished with seven aces and eight errors compared to just two aces and nine service errors by Eastern.

Senior Ana Jakovljevic paced EWU with seven kills in that match while senior Allie Schumacher led the Eagles with nine digs. Senior Alexis Wesley finished with two of Eastern's four total blocks.

The two teams have frustrated opposing defenses in Big Sky play as Idaho State ranks second in opponent hitting percentage (.175) while EWU ranks third (.187). The Bengals and the Eagles are also nearly identical offensively as Eastern boasts a .230 hitting percentage in league matches while ISU owns a .228 clip.

Idaho State's Tressa Lyman averaged 4.15 kills per set in conference matches while Makenzie Filer averaged 1.40 blocks per set in Big Sky play.

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