USU-CEU Volleyball is competing well in conference but is barely missing out on wins. North Idaho College is one of the hottest teams nationally and are ranked at #10. Recently on Sept. 25 they knocked off the previously #1 ranked Southern Idaho team 3-1 dropping them out of the top 10 to #11. Coach Barraclough decided to make a lineup change moving #3 Sabrina Simas from middle hitter to opposite outside hitter and inserting #1 Nicole Roberts into the middle. The change was very positive and CEU after a slow start took control of the match and forced the fifth set but came up short with another conference loss.
North Idaho College -
25 25 23 30 15 - 3
College of Eastern Utah -
17 20 25 32 8 - 2
Set 1 left the home team with a bit of a bad taste in their mouth as they just could not turn it on when desired. North Idaho had an answer for everything the Golden Eagles put up and started to pull away after a 11-11 tie. Seven straight serves pushes North Idaho ahead for good. Simas leads the home team with three kills.
Set 2 the eagles are hanging tough with the cardinals as Julia Potts records her second of three kills of the set and ties the set at 17-17. Then attack errors by the eagles and some impressive hitting by the cardinals places the visitors at game point 17-24. CEU didn't quit and gots three points back before the set ended.
Set 3 showed how good the Golden Eagles are as they stepped up their play and turned the tables on the cardinals. This set was as intense as it gets and the home crowd cheered loudly watched quality volleyball with neither team forging ahead. There were eight ties and after Barbara Jardin put down her sixth kill of the set, the score was knotted at 23-23. CEU grabbed two straight points and their first set win. This got the home team and the crowd going.
Set 4 the stage is set for CEU to tie up the match at two sets a piece with a marathon set. CEU jumped out to an early five point lead and extended their lead to seven forcing North Idaho to call a timeout at 20-13. Set in control by CEU right? Wrong.The cardinals mounted a massive comeback. Jardin's fifth kill of the set and CEU was still up 23-17. Hitting errors let North Idaho back in but Jardin' sixth kill brings CEU to set point 24-22. North Idaho was determined but CEU finally finshed them off with the last and seventh kill goining to Jardin for the set win. Parkinson and Simas were on fire contributing five kills each in the set.
Set 5 the amazing Golden Eagle volleyball play stepped down a little and North Idaho took advantage of it and won the match.
CEU finished the match with three players in double digit kills; Jardin 18, Parkinson 17 and Simas 12. Julia Potts records a season high 48 assists. Nicole Roberts gets four kills in her first start as a middle and CEU's other middle Joy Malone also records four kills. The Golden Eagles had five players in double digits in digs; Abigale Ericson 16, Potts and Jardin 15 each, Simas and Parkinson 12 each. Katie Palmer, Klylie Cordon and Britni Green came off the bench and made quality contributions to the team.
25 25 25 - 3
18-16-14 - 0
The second match of the weekend had no magic as the Golden Eagles squad was swept in three straight sets. Southern Idaho hits .389 to Eastern's .175. Miranda Parkinson collected seven kills in two sets, Sabrina Simas and Barbara Jardin 4. Britni Greenwood got the nod as the Libero. Miranda and Barbara finish with nine kills each, and Sabrina finished with six.