CEU Volleyball Squad Drops First Two Conference Matches
|Jamie King goes up for a kill against Snow. The Lady Eagles haven't won a conference game in more than two years, since they beat North Idaho College in an away match in 2004. The Eagles face NIC, now ranked second in the nation, on Friday at home.|
The CEU volleyball team had their first two conference matches of the season last weekend and came out on the losing end of both. Snow College took the Thursday match 4-1. College of Southern Idaho made quick work of their match overpowering CEU 3-0.
Snow rolled into town on Sept. 21 to start conference play. The Eagles had already faced Snow in earlier tournament competition and knew they would give them a tough match.
Snow took the first two games fairly easily as they went 30-17 and 30-23 over the Eagles. The CEU squad was determined not to go down without a fight and edged out Snow in the third game in a hard fought battle. They won the game 34-32. They fought hard in game four, but came out on the short side of that game 25-30.
Maren Erickson had 16 kills for the night as she led the CEU offense. Karina Rocha with 13 and Jamie King with 12 were also a big force in the CEU attack game. Heather McFarland contributed with 39 assists.
Powerhouse Southern Idaho also hit the CEU home court. They came to play on Sept. 22. Despite CSI's reputation as one of the best teams in the Scenic West Athletic Conference, CEU held their own in the first game, losing 23-30. CSI showed why they are one of the best as they finished off CEU 30-16 and 30-15 in the final two games.
It was hard for CEU to get their offense going against the strong CSI squad. Rocha led the team with six kills. McFarland was again the leader with 14 assists.
The team will play a non-conference match up on Tuesday against Westminster before turning their sites to Northern Idaho, a team which is ranked number two in the nation and is sitting in first place in the SWAC.