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Lady Eagles remain winless in conference play

Sun Advocate sports reporter

Jamie King and Ashlie Baker go high to defend against an SLCC attacker during Friday's game.

Friday night's match against rival Salt Lake Community College began with a lot of promise.

The College of Eastern Utah women came out strong and dominated the first game. Every time SLCC made a small run, CEU shut them down and took the first game with a decisive 30-19 victory.

However, the Lady Eagles were unable to sustain the momentum.

SLCC regrouped and took the set 4-1 with three straight wins after they dropped the first one.

CEU was playing without one of their strongest players. Karina Roch was sidelined with a knee injury and her return to the team is up in the air.

Maren Erickson guided the team with a strong offensive effort. She had 16 kills on the night with only five errors. Heather McFarland had 33 set assists. But in the end it wasn't enough as CEU went down to defeat 30-19, 20-30, 25-30 and 19-30.

The teams went head to head again on Saturday. The results were the same. CEU lost in four.

A slow start put the Eagles down by two games quickly. Losses of 11-30 and 16-30 had the Eagles in a hole before they could get a handle on the match.

The squad came out strong in game three and took it 30-25. SLCC decided to finish off the Eagles and took game four 19-30 to end the match.

Jamie King had nine kills on the evening but also had 10 errors as she tried to step up her offense. McFarland contributed 27 set assists on the afternoon.

The two teams will square off again for their final match up in regular season play on Thursday in Salt Lake City. The team will head up to Coeur d' Alene, Idaho for a final meeting with Northern Idaho on Saturday.

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