December 2, 2023

“Pack Your Bags” – USU Eastern earns bid to the NJCAA National Tournament

Second time in school history the Eastern Eagles head to nationals.

For only the second time in school history, the Utah State Eastern women’s volleyball team will compete in the NJCAA National Tournament held in West Plains, Missouri.  The Lady Eagles were awarded one of only two at-large bids that we were announced on Thursday morning.  The team will have less than a week to prepare before they head East to compete in the sixteen-team tournament held Nov. 17-19. 

An impressive feat with only two active sophomores and thirteen freshman on the team’s roster.  USU Eastern ended the regular season ranked 8th in the nation with a 24-7 record overall.  An outstanding preseason performance and a second-place finish in the Scenic West Athletic Conference undoubtedly propelled the Lady Eagle squad onto the biggest stage of NJCAA volleyball. 

Eastern was one of few programs in the nation who never lost to an unranked opponent.  They had 10 wins against top twenty teams during the regular season; many earned during a record-breaking, seventeen game win streak.  The Lady Eagles had four All-Region Team recipients with four Lady Eagles topping six individual statistical categories within the Scenic West Athletic Conference.   

The last time the Lady Eagles appeared at the national tournament was in Spring 2021 where the team finished in seventh place and put USU Eastern and Price, Utah on the map. 

Both tournament appearances have been under the leadership of head coach Danielle Jensen who has year-to-year taken the program to new heights.

“We are ecstatic!” Jensen said.  “This is what our goal was when we began our season and I couldn’t be prouder of this team for putting in the work to achieve their goal.  They deserve this moment and I believe they have the ability to go deep into the tournament if they play their game and focus on their absolute capability of bringing home the title.”

The No. 8 seed USU Eastern (27-4, 7-3) will face the No. 9 seed Central Wyoming (23-9, 10-0) on Thursday, Nov. 17.  Game times and other tournament details will be announced.

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