The College of Eastern Utah girl's volleyball players set up for a bump and smash against Snow.
CEU Eagles had a long weekend as they traveled both south and north to complete their regular season schedule. First up on Friday night was Snow. CEU lost to Snow College in 5; 25-12, 18-25, 25-27, 25-21 and 16-14. Then they loaded up Saturday to face SLCC and dropped all three 25-18, 25-21, 25-17.
Down in Ephraim, the Golden Eagles played as well as they have all season, but came up inches too short in a barn burner. CEU actually scored more points overall than the Badgers but the final score are all that counts. The key was a couple of missed serves at the wrong times, as well as a couple of hitting errors at the wrong times in game five.
Alexis Adams led with 18 kills, Karissa Law had 11 kills and an Ace serve, Nicole Graham had eight kills, Marissa Crookston had seven kills and two blocks, and Megan Garvin had five kills and a block. Setter Alexandra Schuda had 36 assists and three aces.
"It was an exhausting match. We did so many things well that it put us in the position to win, but we just could not complete the job. We had 11 missed serves in the match, but the two in game five were the worst," explained Coach Martindale.
"It's like the worst double edged sword. I want to be happy that we are playing well enough to be close, but I also am unhappy that we give them a few too many errors to give it away. I am happy for the girls that we are peaking at the right time for the tournament. I just hope it's not too late to put it all together."
After an exhausting night before at Ephraim and a long day of travel, CEU started out a little slow in game one.
In game two they were down 20-9 at one point. But after a time out, they mounted a nine point comeback to make the game interesting. Then Garvin hit a Bruin overpass down for a point to close the lead to 22-21. SLCC took a time out and regrouped to finish the game 25-21.
Garvin led with seven kills and only one error. Amber Kohler, who has been injured the bulk of the season, returned to action to get four kills. Crookston had three kills and no errors.
Martindale summed up the game, "Salt Lake is tough and does not make many errors. Our team is second in the conference in ace serves per game, and we were only able to get one ace the entire match. They are a disciplined team with good ball control, good hitters and a good setter. That is why they are ranked in the top 5 in the nation."
Looking ahead he said, "We now have to focus on our final goal, and that is to win the first round of the tournament. We truly believe we are playing well enough to stay with any team in the conference, and on a neutral floor for the tournament, now is the time!"
The weekend leaves the Golden Eagles with a final conference record of 2-8. That has them as the 5th seed. They will play Snow College in the first round at 1 p.m. on, Nov. 7. A loss ends their season, but a win will have them playing against SLCC at 7 p.m. that night in the semi-final round. The Eagles are counting on a different result from last weekend as they face the same two teams. The SWAC finals are scheduled for 4 p.m. on Nov. 8.