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Eagles hitting not enough to beat Dons at Oregon Classic

Updated: Aug. 29, 2009
Ashley Hamilton contributed 23 assists and four blocks for the Eagles (Photo: EWU Athletics) Ashley Hamilton contributed 23 assists and four blocks for the Eagles (Photo: EWU Athletics)

CHENEY, Wash. - The Eastern Washington University volleyball team wrapped up its tournament play at the Oregon Classic with a 25-23, 25-16, 27-25 loss to San Francisco on Saturday afternoon (Aug. 29). Even though Eastern outhit the Dons, .152-.146, San Francisco was able to score when it mattered most and swept the Eagles.

A couple of comebacks crippled Eastern tonight, as San Francisco responded to a 19-16 EWU lead in the first set with a 6-1 run on its way to a 25-23 win. In the final stanza, the Eagles (1-2) were up 24-21 before the Dons staved off three set points and took a 25-24 lead on its way to a 27-25 win.

San Francisco (1-2) did win set two convincingly after extending a 17-13 lead into 23-15 with an 8-2 run before finishing off a 25-16 win.

"We just could not finish," head coach Miles Kydd said. "We finished against Missouri State on Friday (in a 3-1 EWU win), but we were not able to do it tonight. Even though we competed hard at times, we need to come out with that mindset all of the time."

Some impressive showings today were performed by Chenoa Coviare and Cora Kellerman, as Coviare hit .263 (8-3-19) and Kellerman hit at a .261 clip (7-1-23). Kellerman also set the team lead in digs with nine, while Coviare did so in the blocks category with six. Ashley Hamilton contributed 23 assists and four blocks.

Coviare had an impressive set of tournament performances, as she was able to secure All-Oregon Classic accolades. For the three matches, she hit .365 (25-6-52) and contributed 1.20 blocks per set (12 total) and 0.70 digs per set (seven total).

The Eagles played well over the weekend, defeating a team that received votes in the AVCA Coaches Top 25 Preseason Poll and that played in last year's NCAA Tournament in Missouri State before falling to a squad with identical credentials in USF. In between, the Eagles were defeated by Oregon, who reached the Sweet 16 the past two years.

"We competed against good teams this weekend and learned to battle hard," Kydd said. "We talk a lot about accountability and what we need to do, and we now have a better understanding of that concept and what needs to be done."

Next weekend, the Eagles will play three more talented teams at the Marriott University Park Wildcat Classic in Tucson, Ariz. After playing perennially-tough teams in Houston and Nevada on Friday (Sept. 4), the Eagles will face hosts Arizona - another team receiving top-25 votes - the following day.

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