Conference play winds down for Eagles
The CEU Golden Eagles wrapped up their home games for the season with losses to both Southern and Northern Idaho. On Oct. 17th 12th ranked CSI grounded the Eagles as they beat them 52-23, 25-16 and 25-21. On Saturday afternoon the Eagles lost to 11th ranked NIC 25-19, 18-25, 25-21, and 25-19.
This last weekend they were on the road to Colorado and grabbed a 25-20, 25-17, 25-12 win against CNCC.
The Saturday home match against CSI was led by freshmen Alexis Adams with 10 kills and eight digs. Megan Garvin with seven kills and one ace serve. Setter Alexandra Schuda had 12 assists, two kills and two aces.
Coach Martindale summed up the match, "We played them close, which I was happy with. But we are still aching for a win. We are certainly improving, however, and one of these days we will put together a complete match and figure out a way to win.
On Saturday, Oct. 18, with North Idaho College at CEU Karissa Law and Adams had 15 kills to lead the Eagles. Nicole Graham added six kills and Marissa Crookston had three kills and six blocks.
"We played well enough to have some chances to win the match, but just a few too many errors down the stretch," stated Martindale after the loss. "Law and Adams had monster games. But there were just a few too many errors at the end of each game for us to stay in it. These were two pretty good matches against two teams in the top 12 in the nation. We should be happy to play them close, but I know the girls are still disappointed. They want a win bad!"
On Oct. 25 the Eagles were at Colorado Northwestern Community College. Law had eight kills. Megan Garvin added kills, two aces and a pair of blocks. Adams had seven kills and five digs.
Graham had six kills and two assists. CEU had three other players with at least three kills. CEU served 15 aces against CNCC. Setters Alexandra Schuda with 20 assists, four aces and a block along with Tauna Garvin who had 10 assists, an ace and three digs led the Golden Eagles offensive charge.
"At times it was not pretty, but we did what it took to get the win. We actually played well against a team that was not about to fold and really overwhelmed them in the third game," was Martindale's assessment of the win.
Up next for CEU are a couple of road matches at Snow College and league leader Salt Lake Community College this weekend.
SLCC is currently ranked fifth in the nation. The SWAC region tournament will be held at SLCC on Nov. 7-8.