CALDWELL, Ida. - The NU Eagles volleyball team took on the No. 14 ranked College of Idaho Yotes tonight and were swept 3-0 (26-24, 25-13, 25-20, in CCC play. Northwest drops to 12-9 overall and 6-6 in conference play and puts them in a three way tie for fifth with Warner Pacific and Northwest Christian. C of I remains unbeaten in CCC play at 13-0, 16-4 overall.
The Eagles battled the Yotes in the first set forcing numerous ties. With the set tied at 17-17, Northwest would take the lead on a Lauryn Ernster service ace. A Sarah Stoker kill and error by C of I would give NU a 20-17 lead. With NU holding on to a 23-21 lead, the Eagles would commit two miscues and C of I’s Torrey Hulsey would get the kill to give the Yotes a 24-23 lead. Rae Ann Hastings would tie it at 24-all, but an attack error by NU and a kill by Jessica Peacock would give the close victory to the Yotes.
The second set would belong to the Yotes as they would break out to a 13-6 lead. NU would pull to within three, 16-13, but a 9-0 scoring run by C of I would give them the set win.
In the final set the Eagles would battle back from a 12-7 deficit to tie the set at 12-12 on a Breanna Covey kill and attack error by the Yotes. C of I would then out score NU 6-0 to take an 18-12 lead which they would never relinquish.
Breanna Covey would lead Northwest U. (12-9, 6-6 CCC) with 8 kills as Rae Ann Hastings would add 7 kills. Heather Shulke would add 17 digs to her totals and Ashton Arbuthnot would lead the team with 26 assists.
“It was another tough loss on the road, but College of Idaho is a terrific team and I was pleased with our effort,” said Steven Bain, NU volleyball coach. “We now have a week to prepare for two tough matches next weekend and are anxious to get back in the gym to start the process.”
NU will return home to host Warner Pacific on Oct. 19 and Concordia on Saturday, Oct. 20. Both matches are set for 7 p.m.
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