By JOEY CHAPMAN
progress@eku.edu

After beginning the 2015 season with several tournaments spanning across the nation, the Colonels volleyball team looked to make a statement at home in the opening weekend of OVC play.

Eastern (1-15, 0-1 OVC) took on the Belmont Bruins (4-8, 1-0 OVC) Friday night. Both teams traded points early on during the first set. The Colonels won seven straight points to open up a 9-4 lead, but saw its advantage quickly fade away in the later stages of the first set. The Bruins took control and eventually grabbed the lead from the Colonels, denying a late comeback to take the first set 26-24.

The Bruins took control from the start of the second set, defeating the Colonels 25-16. Eastern didn’t lose it’s confidence and opened the third set strong. A mainly back and forth match saw the Colonels open up a 16-11 lead, but the Bruins mounted a comeback and tied up the set 19-19. An attack error by Ally Peters allowed Belmont to take the lead, and the Bruins won the match 3-0.

Eastern was led by Celina Sanks with 10 kills and Johanna Boyer with 15 assists. Chloe Rojas added 21 digs.

Colonel Coach Lori Duncan was not impressed with her team’s performance, placing much of the blame on errors, as well as the inability to pass and block – especially in the second set.

“We did not pass well,” Duncan said. “We might have fought back, but when you’re passing three out of six balls and they’re not in the setting zone, you’re running out of system too often and that’s kind of what we did.”

“We also talked to our student athletes about adjustments and they go out on the court and they’re not making the adjustment immediately,” Duncan said. “That’s where I as a coach get fired up. You make adjustments and when we’re asking you to do something, we expect you to do it pretty much immediately and we weren’t doing that.”