The Eagles are home for their last two regular season matches against Montana State on Thursday and Montana on Saturday. Eastern leads the BSC history with Montana State having won 18 of their 24 meetings. Last year the two schools split their contests, each team winning at home. Seniors Jennifer Gabel and Angie Hall would like to duplicate their performances from last year’s match at MSU where the two combined for 43 kills. The match between the two rivals begins at 7 p.m. at Reese Court.
Saturday night (Senior Night), the Eagles host Montana. These two teams also split their contests last year, each winning at home. Gabel and Hall also had double digit kills in that match at Montana. The Eagles are looking to finish the season strong with two decisive home wins against the two Montana schools.
The Eagles spilt their road matches last week with a win over Cal State Northridge and a loss at Northern Arizona. Eastern began the first leg of their last road trip with a win over Cal State Northridge 3-1. In the match, four Eagles had double digit kills: Robyn Sonju-Felder (19), Janelle Ruen (17), Angie Hall (17), and Monica Lynch (12). Sonju-Felder led the pack in efficiency hitting .600. Three players, Jessie Wright (13), Janelle Ruen (18), and Angie Hall (14), had double digit dig numbers. The Eagles hit .342 as a team and had 12 team blocks led by Monica Lynch with eight assists and one solo. As a team, the Eagles had 86 kills, 77 assists (led by Jessie Wright with 48), and 75 digs. The game hitting percentages were .413, .197, .378, and .447
Saturday, the Eagles traveled to Northern Arizona and lost 0-3. The Eagles struggled with poor hitting (.147) and an injury to setter Courtney Bush. Senior Tamara Van Engelen had 13 kills in 25 attempts to hit .360. Janelle Ruen had 13 digs. Van Engelen was the only Eagle to hit over .200 in the match. The Eagles had a total of 42 kills, 39 assists, and 37 digs in the match.
Robyn Sonju-Felder continues to lead the Big Sky Conference in individual hitting percentage with .379. Teammate Jennifer Gabel is second with .316. Eastern also leads the team percentage category with .269 and is second in kills with 17.67 per game. The loss to NAU drops the Eagles into a tie for third place in the BSC with Montana State.