By JOEY CHAPMAN
Coming off a win against Tennessee State last Saturday, Eastern looked to carry momentum into its second week of OVC action at home.
The Colonels (3-16, 2-2 OVC) took on Morehead State (4-13, 1-2 OVC), coming off a 3-2 loss to Belmont last week. After being tied 6-6 early in the first set, the Eagles backed Eastern into a corner, scoring seven unanswered. Quickly fighting back, the Colonels began to eat away at the deficit and eventually found itself in a back and forth battle for the win. Eastern took advantage of several errors from Morehead late and won the set 29-27.
Back and forth was the name of the game throughout most of the second set, though Morehead jumped out to a 21-18 lead late. Eastern turned the tables, going on a six point run and went on to win the set 25-22. The Colonels carried the momentum into the third set, taking control midway through and never looking back to win 25-18, giving Eastern a 3-0 victory.
The victory goes down as the third win this season for the Colonels, putting Eastern at 2-1 in OVC play.
Seniors Ally Peters and Rachel Vick both had impressive matches with hitting percentages over .350, while outside hitter Johanna Boyer tagged on an impressive 13 assists.
“Morehead has always been one of the top teams in our conference, and coming out and getting the win in three is really hard against anyone,” Peters said after the game. “Against them, it just feels good because they’re a great team.
“This was an important win because we’re certainly not at full strength,” Eastern Head Coach Lori Duncan said.
“Until we can get healthier, every win that we can squeak out is gonna be critical,” Duncan said. “Most importantly, any time you win in three, that’s an accomplishment.”
Eastern couldn’t replicate their success on Saturday when they took on Murray State, dropping the match 3-0.
Murray State took command of the game from the start of the first set, setting up several big runs to win 25-14. Eastern put up a much better fight to start the second set, but allowed the Racers to score eight unanswered points and walk away with a 25-16 victory. The Racers sealed the deal in the third set with another solid performance, winning 25-15.
The Colonels had only 19 kills throughout the game and never had an attack percentage better than .069. Rachel Vick led the team with seven kills while Johanna Boyer added on a team high 12 assists.
EKU (3-16) (2-2 OVC) heads back out on the road this weekend, playing Southeast Missouri State on Friday and UT Martin on Saturday.