By Havanna Haggans
The Colonels lost two of three matches on the road this weekend. However, Eastern ended the second trail of losses by defeating Tennessee State, the Ohio Valley Conference leader, and came away with senior Brittany Nobilio on the NCAA’s top 10 list for career high digs.In the first match against UT-Martin, freshman Amanda Fago smashed 24 kills, setting the match high and recording the most kills from any of the players the Colonels swatted against over the weekend.
Abbey Blank and Brittany Nobilio tallied 11 and 18 digs respectively.
Eastern dropped game one by five at 30-25. However, game two had a smaller deficit of three at 30-27.
Eastern returned the favor, beating the Skyhawks 30-25 in game three. However, the Skyhawks took the lead in game four nudging the Colonels out 1-3. In the second match, the Colonels played Murray State.
Bridget Mustard added to the ranks of players in the double digit kills at 14 and Wilson followed at 13. Hendle scooped 20 digs and Nobilio joined the ranks at 26.
Nobilio’s 26 digs during the match were able to shove her further into ninth place on the NCAA chart.
During their match against the Racers, the Colonels improved their attack percentage, but lost 3-0 to the Racers, dropping their record 2-19.
Eastern was the underdog going into the match against Tennessee State. The Tigers snatched game one 24-30 and dominated in game two at 19-30. However, the Colonels proved to be a force for the Tigers to reckon with.
Wilson planted 21 kills, Fago smashed 18, Mustard pounded 13 and Nelson went in for the kill at 10. Hendle, who also had 54 assists in the match, dug 19 balls, while O’Connor picked up 14 behind Nobilio who rounded it off at 23.
It was a snug fit in games three and four, ending at 30-28, but the Colonels pulled it off in the last game of the match 15-10 to beat the Tigers.