Portland State volleyball falls to undefeated Eagles

Portland State volleyball dropped to 1-7 in the Big Sky this weekend, after what was another disappointing performance for the Vikings.

PSU dropped another match Saturday night, losing in three games to Eastern Washington University (30-23, 30-14 and 30-21). The defending Big Sky champion Eagles remain undefeated and are atop the conference standings, as Portland State retains the seven spot – one place above last.

The Eagles dominated the court, proving why they stay perched above the Big Sky. Collectively, EWU recorded 52 kills and a .495 hitting percentage. Portland State had 35 kills and an anemic .071.

But offense wasn’t the only place the Vikings fell short. As opposed to the Eagles’ 46 defensive digs, the Viks had only 25. EWU had nine team blocks, PSU two. And proving once again that errors are the Vikings’ kryptonite, the Eagles had grand total of 17, while the Viks came up with a whopping 32.

Kathy Garbacz led the Vikings offense with 12 kills in the match but only had a .125 hitting percentage. Stephanie Lavigne had five kills and a .400 percentage to compliment her 24 set-assists.

The Eagles effectively corralled Richell Wilson, allowing her only three kills. Ashley Hoogland had five kills, as well as two digs and block assists.

The picture of the Eagles offense ended up much more pleasing to the eye. EWU had four players with 10 kills or more. The hitting percentages for those four players started at .421 and ended at .769. One player, Lindsay Murphy, had a double-double for the night, with 11 kills and 14 digs.