Eagles drop two in conference play
|Heather McFarland sets up an attack for Meagan Webb in a match against Salt Lake Community College last Friday. |
CEU women's volleyball remains unable to win a conference game after a pair of defeats at home this weekend. The Lady Eagles are now 0-4 in the Scenic West Athletic Conference after losing to Salt Lake Community College 3-0 and against Dixie State 2-1.
Hosting their first home games of the season, the Eagles took on SLCC. The Bruins had already bested the Eagles at a tournament game in Las Vegas, Nev., losing 30-17, 30-17. That stomping continued Friday as the Bruins beat the Eagles in all three games, 30-10, 30-22 and 30-24.
The Eagles put up a good fight as they matched Salt Lake's defense. Heather McFarland made nine defensive digs while Brittani Bentley made seven. Overall, the team made 37 defensive digs against SLCC's 40. Likewise, CEU had two solo blocks by Maren Ericson to match SLCC's two by Anna Lott and Krys Hymas.
However, the Eagles fell as they were no match for the offense generated by the Bruins. Of 86 total attacks, SLCC turned 31 into kills while only making 13 errors. CEU on the other hand made a total of 104 attacks, but only turned 24 into kills and made an astounding 28 errors.
That inability to turn volleys to kills compounded with a poor record on the serve. Salt Lake made nine service aces with nine errors, while CEU had a mere five aces while committing 10 service errors.
In the end, SLCC led the way through each of the games as the Eagles struggled to make points. With three of the Bruins hitting at or above the .500, the Eagles trailed behind with no player breaking above .400. The Eagles left the court Friday with yet another defeat on the books.
Saturday, Eastern Utah returned to their home court to face Dixie State. Having not faced the rebels yet this year, the game could easily go either way.
The Rebels won all three matches, 32-30, 30-27 and 32-30.
Ericson led CEU with 10 kills, but Rebel Tiffany Morrill responded with 15 kills of her own. Overall, the Eagles made 124 total attacks and turned 38 into kills while making 21 errors. The Rebels made 134 total attacks, and while they committed five more attack errors, Dixie also had eight more kills than CEU.
CEU carried a slight margin over Dixie in defense. Both teams made 53 defenseive digs. CEU's Ericson was again on her feet with 13 defensive digs and was head-to-head with Rebel Tracy Weaver, who led her team with 13 digs as well.
Eastern Utah's McFarland served two of the six total aces for the Eagles. Dixie's Jaylynn Thorton aced three of the eight serves for the Rebels.
But as the teams remained an even match for each other, the game came down to a matter of just making the volleys and responding to the other team's play. In the end, that proved just a little too much for the Eagles, and again CEU's team was unable to pick up a win.