This archived article was written by: Kyndall Gardner
USU Eastern volleyball team tackles the SWAC Conference standing with a 3-5 record. Being on the road for two-consecutive weekends playing four games. The Eagles return home with three loses and one win against College of Southern Idaho, Salt Lake Community College, College of Southern Nevada and Snow College.
The Eagles started the season against College of Southern Idaho, losing three straight sets: 25-22, 25-13, 25-17. Paige Erying holds the most kills for this game with nine attacks, Tian Soranzo 12 digs and Kenzie Burrows with 12 assists.
Traveling the next day to Salt lake Community college, the Eagles again lost in threestraight sets: 25-14, 25-17, 25-11. With eight kills from Venessa Pawlak, 13 assists from Pilimi Fetetoa and 11 digs from Tiana Soranzo and Mekenzie Mott.
Upon returning home, “We worked hard on the things we needed to fix as a team knowing that we were about to travel once again. We did drills in practice that helped up to focus on the things we needed to do to be better,” said Shania Hurst, a sophomore team captain.
Once back on the road, playing CSN, the Eagles came out with a victory wining in 3 straight sets: 25-21, 25-17, 25-21, the Eagles left their mark. Allison Kittel had 12 kills and four blocks, Mckenzie Burrows with 23 assists and Tiana Soranzo with 14 digs.
Traveling to Ephraim Utah, the Eagles played the rival team Snow College. Losing two of the three sets with set scores Eastern 25-19, Snow 25-22, and 25-22, Eastern 27-25 and final set Snow 15-8.
The Eagles returned home to practice for their last home region games. “The team definitely fought hard in our games against Snow, both teams played well and battled until the end. Snow just pulled ahead and ended up with the win,” said Hurst.
The Eagles travel to play Colorado Northwest Community College on October. 22. Then have three straight home games to finish off conference against North Idaho College, CSI, and SLCC. The Eagles then will head to regionals that is held at the home of the first runner up in conference and play for the chance to play in this years NJCAA National Tournament.