Observer staff

The No. 21 Eastern Oregon Mountaineers volleyball team earned two road sweeps in Cascade Collegiate Conference play over the weekend, topping the Multnomah Lions in straight sets Friday, and following with a three-set win over the Warner Pacific Knights Saturday.

EOU 3, Multnomah 0

The Mountaineers took advantage of an error-prone Multnomah squad to earn an easy win, 25-14, 25-12, 25-15.

No Eastern players reached double-digits in kills, with Hailee Ackerman’s seven and Megan Bunn’s five leading the way.

But that was due largely to the Lions committing 31 attack errors and strong play at the net by EOU, which recorded 13 blocks. Allyson Crisp led the way with two solo blocks and five block assists, and Taylor Tibbetts also had five block assists.

Sarah Carpenter dished out 12 assists to lead the Mountaineers, and also served up seven aces. Aspen Christiansen anchored the back line with 16 digs.

EOU 3, Warner Pacific 0

EOU was only seriously threatened in one set against the Knights as they earned a 25-18, 25-12, 25-23 victory.

The teams were tied at 21-21, 22-22 and 23-23 in the final set, but back-to-back errors by Warner Pacific gave the set, and match, to EOU.

Ackerman led the Mountaineers attack with 10 kills and added five aces. Bunn added seven kills. Crisp was again strong at the net with six block assists, Christiansen had 10 digs and Madison Pilon recorded 13 assists, just ahead of Carpenter’s 12 assists.

Eastern (8-4 overall, 3-1 CCC) hosts Evergreen and Northwest Friday and Saturday.

EOU cross county

With three freshmen leading the way, the Eastern Oregon Mountaineers women’s cross country team opened the 2018 season by placing sixth at the College of Southern Idaho Classic Friday in Twin Falls.

Katie Jo Gebhardt was the top runner for EOU, finishing in 27th place with an overall time of 21:05.1. Two other freshmen cracked the top 40 and finished second and third for Eastern — Michelle Herbes, who was 34th in a time of 21:50.4, and Molly Gulden, who came in 37th in a time of 22:21.0. Sophomore Megan Boals also finished inside the top 40, placing 39th in a time of 22:43.3.

Calista Van Delden, a fourth freshman, rounded out the top five for EOU with a time of 23:10.9.

Eastern scored 166 points as a team for the sixth-place finish. National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I schools Utah (28) and Weber State (38) finished first and second, while Cascade Collegiate Conference rival College of Idaho (99) was third.

Eastern hosts the EOU Invitational Sept. 21.

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