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Radke’s Career Night Not Enough to Top Lumberjacks

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Eastern Washington volleyball started its two-game road trip against Northern Arizona on Thursday night. Eastern dropped the game, 3-2[25-20, 16-25, 25-23, 21-25, 9-15] to the Lumberjacks. The Eagles’ record is now 3-4 in the Big Sky and 8-11 overall. NAU is 2-6 in conference and 3-12 overall.
 
“It was a tough night. In the end, it just didn’t go our way,” head coach Jon Haruguchi said. “I’m very pleased with how our middles and right side attack went tonight. We needed them to have a big night and they came up big for us. We’ll dissect this match and get ready for UNC on Saturday.”

The game opened with a 4-1 run by the Lumberjacks, to get the early lead. Eastern pulled NAU back as Alyssa Radke fired in two kills to take the lead back at 5-4. The teams traded points, but the Eagles began to pull away from the Lumberjacks at 12-8. Radke continued to swing well and NAU suffered from a pair of bad sets. Lindsey Russell would extend the Eastern lead to 18-12 with a service ace. Russell delivered the clinching kill for the 25-20 set win.

The Eagles were now up 1-0 in the game after hitting .194 in the first set, recording 13 kills. NAU hit .196 in the first set.

Eastern started the second set well, getting a block from Renata Lopez Morales and Sage Brustad, along with an ace from Brustad to lead 4-2. The Lumberjacks would stay close and continue to score, eventually tying the set up at eight. The teams then went back-and-forth with kills, before NAU separated. The Lumberjacks used an 8-2 stretch after being tied at 11 to take control of the set. They went on to win, 25-16, and tie the game at one.

In the set, Eastern hit just .121, while NAU hummed with a .371 percentage.

With the game tied, the third set was a tight battle early. Radke and Sadie Bacon swung at-will to keep the Eagles in step with the Lumberjacks. Midway through the set, the score was tied. After a pair of Eagle points, Brustad and Tanai Jenkins joined up for a block to give the team a 19-16 lead. The two combined again for Eastern’s next point and the Eagles had some breathing room. A kill from Bacon gave Eastern the 25-23 set win and a 2-1 advantage in the game.

The Eagles showed their improvement with a .293 attack percentage. The Lumberjacks hit .200 in the set.

The game moved to the fourth set, with Eastern looking to secure the win. The Eagles were up 5-2 on NAU early behind two kills from Radke. Eastern would push the lead to 7-3 on a kill from Bacon, but the Lumberjacks would counter. They continued to swing and would knot the score up at 13. NAU then jumped ahead with a quick 3-0 run. The Lumberjacks were able to maintain the lead for the rest of the set and won, 25-21, forcing a fifth set.

Eastern had a .251 hitting percentage, while NAU hit .281 in the fourth.

It was the now the first 15 between the Eagles and Lumberjacks. NAU had an early separation with a 4-2 advantage. A kill from Bacon would get Eastern to within one at 4-5. With the score at 10-8 in favor of NAU, the Lumberjacks went on a 4-0 run to push the Eagles to brink. NAU won the set, 15-9, and the game, 3-2. Eastern was limited to .048 in the fifth set, while the Lumberjacks hit .375.

Eastern Washington finished with a .194 attack percentage for the game. Northern Arizona had a .270 attack percentage.

Key Statistics

Alyssa Radke had a career night against NAU, recording 24 kills on 50 attacks and finishing with a .280 attack percentage. Radke’s previous high was 16 kills against Portland State earlier this season. The sophomore added three block assists.

Eastern had an 8.0 to 4.0 block advantage over the Lumberjacks. Tanai Jenkins led the team with five block assists, matching her career high. Sage Brustad added four assists.

Brustad recorded six kills and had 11 digs, adding one service ace.

The Eagles had five aces and 12 service errors. NAU had five aces and 11 errors.

Renata Lopez Morales set a career high with a .600 attack percentage(min. five kills) in the game. The senior finished with nine kills on the night.

Lindsey Russell notched 45 assists, giving her seven games with 40 or more assists this season.

Makenna Collins finished with 15 digs for her 11th double digit dig game on the year.

Eastern is now 2-4 this season in five-set games.

Up Next

Eastern Washington will play Northern Colorado on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. Pacific Time in Greeley, Colo.

 



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