EWU Volleyball loses Big Sky opening match

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Mckenzie Ford

The Eagles lost to the University of Idaho Vandals in the Big Sky Conference opening match

By Jeremy Burnham, Managing Editor

The EWU volleyball team opened BSC play on Tuesday with a 3-0 loss to Idaho. The loss was EWU head coach Leslie Flores-Cloud’s first home match.

EWU started out hot, opening the first set with back to back points, but UI fought back to take the lead 5-4. The Vandals would never trail again in the set.

The second set started out rough for the Eagles, and UI jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Some dominating kills by freshman Kaitlin Sugai got EWU back into the game. An error by UI, and a kill by Sugai gave the Eagles a 19-18 lead. UI would regroup and win the set 26-24.

“We were tentative,” Flores-Cloud said of the second set. “We can’t be scared to win a game, and we were scared in game two to win a game.”

The Vandals would cruise to a 25-13 third set victory to win the match.

“I think we have a lot of potential,” Flores-Cloud said. “I think we’ll do a lot better in the Big Sky than people think. We just had to get some nerves out of us tonight.”