By: Joey Chapman

The stretch of road tournaments is over for Eastern’s volleyball team after competing in the Northern Colorado Classic.

The Colonels (1-14) first opponent was the Indiana Hoosiers (10-2) who entered the tournament with only two losses. The Hoosiers made quick work of Eastern, winning by scores of 25-15, 25-14 and 25-18. While Indiana had 34 kills to the Colonels’ 31, the Hoosiers were able to take control by only committing seven errors, while Eastern struggled with 30 errors. Celina Sanks and Rachel Vick both recorded seven kills, with Chloe Rojas adding on a team-best 14 digs.

Eastern hoped to forget its previous performance on Saturday when the Colonels took on Northern Colorado (4-7) and Utah State (4-9). It proved to be a tough day for the young team as Eastern lost both matches 3-1. Northern Colorado defeated the Colonels by scores of 25-22, 27-29, 27-25 and 25-12 while Utah State won by scores of 28-26, 25-23, 14-25 and 25-23.

Johanna Bowyer had 10 kills and 25 assists against Northern Colorado, committing just two errors in 17 attempts for a .471 attack percentage. Bowyer continued to impress against Utah State with 33 assists and three blocks, while Rachel Vick finished with a team high 16 kills for the Colonels.

On Sunday, Eastern faced off against the No. 15 ranked Colorado State Rams (7-3), losing 3-0 by scores of scores of 25-12, 25-22 and 25-13. Vick and Ally Peters both finished with six kills a piece for the Colonels, while Sanks finished the match with 10 digs.

Eastern now sets its sights on conference play, facing Belmont University (3-8) at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 25, and Tennessee State (5-6) at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26. Both matches are home contests for the Colonels, and will take place in McBrayer Arena.