CHENEY, Wash. - Eastern Washington extended its home winning streak to 26 matches with a 3-0 (15-13, 15-11, 15-9) victory over the Sacramento State volleyball team in a Big Sky Conference matchup Saturday night at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash.
With the loss, the Hornets had their three-match winning streak snapped while falling to 16-10 overall and 9-3 in the Big Sky. Eastern Washington, which has now won each of its last seven matches, is now 13-8 and 8-4 in the conference.
Eastern Washington dominated the Hornets in almost every aspect including hitting percentage (.377-.210), kills (64-48), digs (58-32) and team blocks (8.0-6.0). The Eagles were led by Janelle Ruen's match-high 17 kills and Angie Hall's nine kills and 15 digs.
Sacramento State was led by Esther Rogers and Sarah Chlebana who each posted 11 kills. No Hornet recorded double-figures in digs while Tasman wyer led the team with four blocks. Rogers, who hit .375 in the match, has now recorded double-figure kills and hitting percentages above .300 in five of her last seven matches.
The Hornets jumped out to leads of 6-4 in the first game and 6-1 in the second game before faltering in each. After Sacramento State jumped out to the 6-1 lead in the second game, Eastern Washington ran off the next 10 points unanswered. In the third game, the Eagles led 10-3 before the Hornets rattled off five unanswered points to get within, 10-8. The Eagles then answered back with a run of four-consecutive points to push the lead back to 14-8 before eventually closing the game and match, 15-9.
Sacramento State plays the final two home regular season matches of the season next week as it hosts Montana on Thursday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. and Idaho State on Friday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. At home this season, the Hornets are 9-2 and 6-0 against Big Sky teams.