Robert Casey
Junior Andrea Hale hits the ball. She led Weber State with 20 kills on 37 attacks with only one error for a career-high hitting percentage of .514.

Weber State volleyball picks up a solid three-set win over Eastern Washington, led by Andrea Hale’s 20 kills on the night.

“I thought we did a nice job sticking to the game plan that we had set," said head coach Jeremiah Larsen. "I thought we had some ebbs and flows that we should have taken advantage of but, overall it was a good night from start to finish.”

Weber State and Eastern Washington came out battling in the first set with a tied score at 10-10. Megan Gneiting went back to serve and took control of the match as WSU scored nine straight and only allowed Eastern Washington three more points the remainder of the first game.

Weber State closed the first set out by capitalizing on two EWU errors to give the Wildcats the 25-14 win.

In the second set, Eastern Washington tried to take control jumping out to an 11-7 lead. Weber State answered with an 8-2 run tying things up at 13-13 then taking a 15-13 lead. WSU never gave EWU the lead back in the second set and finished things off with a 4-1 run for a 25-20 second-set victory.

Weber State had the two-game lead going into the third set. The Wildcats jumped out to an early 14-8 lead, but Eastern Washington came back with a 7-1 run that brought the score within one point. WSU pulled it together and finished the game off with two powerful kills from Hale to give WSU the 25-20 third-set win and overall three-set sweep for the match win.

Weber State was led by Hale’s 20 kills on 37 attacks with only one error for a career-high percentage of .514.

Thamires Cavalcanti led WSU’s defensive efforts pulling out 13 digs. Gracey Tuifua had the match high of four blocks.

Weber State finished the match with 41 total blocks from 104 attacks with only nine errors for a .308 percentage, while Eastern Washington posted 37 kills from 114 attacks with 20 errors for a .149 percentage. EWU out-dug WSU, 48-46, but the Wildcats had seven team blocks to the Eagles three.

Weber State is now 6-17 overall on the season and 4-7 in Big Sky Conference play. The Wildcats will remain home to host Idaho State for the annual alumni night on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m., at the Swenson Gym.