The Colonels volleyball team traveled to Pittsburgh over the weekend to take part in the Panther Classic, hosted by the University of Pittsburgh. The Colonels, going into the game, were sitting on a 2-9 record and on a nine game losing streak, struggling to find their footing since starting out 2-0.
Game one saw Eastern (2-9) take on Cleveland State (6-3). Cleveland State started off winning the first two sets in convincing fashion, by scores of 25-18 and 25-15.
Eastern would win the third set 25-21, but unfortunately, would not be enough as they would lose the match in four sets, 3-1. Nikkie Drost led the Colonels with 11 kills, followed by Celina Sanks with 10 kills.
Game two saw the Colonels play the host team Pittsburgh Panthers (6-4), in what was not a close match from the start. Pitt handily won three straight sets by scores of 25-16, 25-18, 25-12.
Pitt dominated Eastern in every aspect of the game, beating the Colonels in kills, assists, digs, points, and blocks. Nikki Drost led Eastern for the second straight game in kills with 10. Ciera Koons was the next highest Colonel with five kills.
The third and final game of the Panther Classic pitted Eastern against a winless UC-Santa Barbara team looking to break into the win column.
Eastern won the first set by two, 26-24 and was looking like they would be on their way to their first win since August. But UCSB had other intentions as they railed off three straight set wins, 25-16, 25-19, 25-15. Eastern falls victim to Santa Barbara, leading to the Gauchos’ first win of the season.
Eastern has not won a match since August and is currently on a 12 game losing streak, dropping their record to 2-12, after starting off the season so promising winning their first two games. The Colonels’ next match is against Tennessee State in Nashville on Friday, September 22nd. First serve is at 7:00 PM.