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EWU Volleyball Rallies In Charleston

EWU rallied to beat Charleston 3-2 in a 5-set thriller on Tuesday night. EWU rallied to beat Charleston 3-2 in a 5-set thriller on Tuesday night.

by EWU Athletics

Charleston, S.C. – The Eastern Washington University women's volleyball team found itself in another thrilling five-set match Tuesday, Sept. 2, winning the final two frames to defeat host College of Charleston, 3-2, in a nonconference match.

Won-Loss Records

The win snaps a two-game skid for EWU and improves its record to 3-2 on the young season while College of Charleston falls to 1-3.

Turning Point

Facing match point in the fourth set, junior Allie Schumacher put away a pass from freshmanNicole Rigoni to tie the score at 27-27 before an attack error and a second Schumacher kill pushed the match to a decisive fifth set.

The Cougars jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the final frame but a kill from senior Talia Fermantez gave the Eagles some much-needed momentum as they would score the next five points, forcing CofC to take its first timeout. College of Charleston would even the score at 6-6 but a kill from senior Kelsey Julian gave Eastern a lead it would never relinquish as EWU held on for the victory.

Top Performers

Four players finished the match with double-digit kills, headlined by Julian's career-high 21 kills. She hit .436 for the match (21-4-39) and added five blocks and five digs.

Schumacher put away 20 kills of her own, swinging at a .400 clip (20-2-45).

Senior Melissa Waelter notched her second double-double of the season, tallying career highs in both kills (19) and digs (15).

Fermantez had a season-high 12 kills on 19 swings to go along with five blocks.

Freshman Nicole Rigoni registered her first career double-double with 41 assists and 11 digs.

Junior Ryann Ensrud recorded 14 digs while freshman Ashlee Vaoifi added 12 digs.

Key Stats

The match featured two attacks firing on all cylinders as Eastern hit .323 on the night compared to College of Charleston's .256 clip. EWU hit an impressive .684 in the first set before hitting above .300 in both the third and fourth frames, committing a total of 20 errors for the match.

The Eagles recorded a season-high 74 digs while the Cougars tallied 80 digs.

Both teams were solid at the net as EWU finished the night with 11 team blocks to CofC's 10 stops.

Quoting Coach King

"The team fought with pride and our pin hitters came through in a big way tonight. It came down to self-belief and competiting to the end, and the team displayed those elements tonight. College of Charleston was a very tough team that gave us challenges and showed us where we need to get better. I thought Allie, Melissa and Kelsey showed poise and came up big for us offensively."

Game Notes

* It was the first match since Aug. 31, 2011, that two Eagles had at least 20 kills.

* It was the first match since Sept. 27, 2012, that four Eagles recorded at least 10 kills and the first match since Oct. 31, 2013, that two Eagles registered double-doubles.

* Eastern improves to 1-0 all-time against College of Charleston and 39-14 all-time in matches played in the Eastern Time Zone.