CEU ends season with loss to Snow
The CEU Lady Eagle Volleyball team finished out its season with an early exit from the SWAC conference tournament last weekend. They faced Snow College and lost 16-25, 25-15, 25-22, 25-13 to wrap up the season.
The Eagles jumped out early against Snow. In the first set they were up 15-5 before the Badgers began to try and climb back in. CEU played strong and closed it out with four strong points to down the Badgers 25-16 in set one. Alexandra Schuda finished off the Badgers with a kill.
It was pretty much Badgers in game two as the tables turned. The Eagles held it close but when the score was 10-8, Snow went on a six point run and suddenly CEU was down 16-8. They never recovered. Set three stayed close throughout and could have ended up as anyones game. CEU and Snow were knotted up at 22 when the Badgers took control and finished it off with a pair of service aces to end things.
A resigned Martindale commented, "What the stats don't show is that we had the game. But hitting errors hurt us after we were up 22-21. We took a time out but weren't able to regroup. I don't know how else to say it, but we choked. It's a bit harsh, but that's what happened. I felt bad for the girls because they were very confident they could win. Literally in 10 minutes we went from winning to our way out."
Set four was not much of a battle and CEU found themselves down 9-3 before they knew it. They pulled back to 11-7 before Snow went on another run and the Eagles were in too much of a hole to come back.
"Snow was a good team but we could have beat them. But we just didn't prove it. As far as wins and losses, this wasn't a successful year. But this team was much improved over last years and we have some of those who helped back next season. We will also have a lot of holes to fill." said Martindale as he summed up the season.
Megan Garvin led the Eagles with 10 kills, two aces and four blocks. Marissa Crookston added eight kills. Kristy Rindlisbacher had 15 defensive digs and Alexandra Schuda dished out 24 set assists.
Alexis Adams was named to second team all-conference. Megan Garvin and Karissa Law made honorable mention all-conference.
Snow went on to lose to SLCC. Northern Idaho beat Colorado Northwest and then upset Southern Idaho to face Salt Lake. SLCC was the top seed but went down to number three seeded NIC.
NIC will get to continue on to represent region 18 in the national tournament. SLCC will get to play off for a berth against the Region one winner for a chance to head to the national tournament