Eastern Oregon’s Casey Loper had 11 kills in the Mountaineers’ 3-0 sweep over the College of Idaho Friday in Quinn Coliseum. (Casey Kellas/The Observer)
The Eastern Oregon University volleyball team was just 1-10 in the last five years against College of Idaho.
On Friday night, the 21st-ranked Mountaineers added another win against the ’Yotes, sweeping sixth-ranked C of I 25-19, 25-12, 25-17 in the Cascade Collegiate Conference opener.
“That’s incredible,” junior outside hitter Stefani Sorensen said. “I don’t know if (a sweep against C of I) has ever happened. It definitely hasn’t happened since I’ve been here. So, it’s amazing.”
The win improves the Mountaineers’ record to 10-2 overall and 1-0 in the CCC.
“To beat that team — previously ranked No. 6 — is pretty good,” EOU head coach Kaki Morehead said. “To beat that tough of a team is a great feeling for us, especially it being (against) College of Idaho and them being a pretty big rival to us.”
Things started out a little shaky for EOU.
The Mountaineers found themselves down 7-1 in the opening set. But Eastern Oregon was able to rally and pull off a 25-19 victory to take a one-game advantage.
“I didn’t feel nervous and it didn’t seem nervous on the court,” Sorensen said. “I think that’s why we had the momentum coming out of that. We just played together. It didn’t feel chaotic or
After the first set it was all EOU.
The Mountaineers jumped out to a 13-5 lead in the second set and used a 12-4 finish in the third set to finish off the ’Yotes.
Casey Loper finished with a match-high 11 kills. Sorensen had eight kills, while Taylor Stewart and Kasaundra Tuma both had seven kills.
Karly Stack had 17 assists and Bobbi Sumpter added 11.
Morehead said this win just adds to the confidence level that the Mountaineers have gained this year.
“Definitely,” the coach said. “Obviously coming from Embry-Riddle and going 4-1 there was a big confidence booster for us. But we’re not going to get wrapped up in that this year. We’re going to take it one game, and we’re going to enjoy every game that we win.”
Eastern Oregon hosts Walla Walla University tonight at 7 p.m.
EOU hosts Northwest University Friday and Evergreen State College Saturday.