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Page 2 Section 2 Free Press Thursday, September 27, 2012 Valley cl By JOHN McCALLUM Editor East Valley showed the Cheney volleyball squad what it means to be a good closing team. If the league- leading Lady Knights (4-0, 4-2) weren't opening some big leads early they were rallying and extending leads late in downing the Lady Hawks 3-1 in Great Northern League competition Thursday in Cheney. East Valley opened a 7-0 lead in game one, and even though Cheney pulled to within one at 7-6 on the serv- ing of Ashley Seller, then EV gradually pulled away for a 25-16 win. In game two it was the Lady Hawks cruising to the front early, breaking a 2-2 tie to go up 7-2 on good shots, EV errors and Lauren Puyear's serving. They extended that to 12-6, helped by back-to-back aces from Liz Gill, before the Lady Knights rallied, tying the game and then taking a 20-13 lead on the serving of Samantha Brady. Cheney eventually pulled to within three at 23-20 but couldn't get any closer, losing 25-21. In game three the Lady Hawks rallied to tie the game first at nine, then at 12 and 13 before gradually pulling away for a 25-17 win. In game four the roles were reversed as the Lady Knights overcame three early ties, breaking the last at seven with a six-point run and 13-7 lead they kept extending for the 25-13 win and the match. Seller led Cheney in kills with 10, with Kendall Case recording 17 assists, Desiree Crabb and Seller four digs out 3-1 win over Liz Gill gets a shot off against East {5) and Bailey Juris (9). Photo by John McCallum Valley's Elisha AIIred each, Gill four aces and Kinsey Pease a pair of blocks. Cheney had a .188 hitting percentage for the match. "Not bad, but not great," head coach Brianne Lowe said. "Against a team like East Valley we have to hit better than that." ney volleyball Lowe was impressed with the way the Lady Hawks kept battling despite seemingly always play- ing from behind and that they mixed things up of- fensively with several players getting three and four kills each. Cheney also executed their game plan to serve away from East Valley senior middle/right side hitter and scoring leader Sam Geibel, who got most of her match-high 15 kills from "over passes." Where the Lady Hawks still need to work is their own serve/receive game, which Lowe said looks great in practice but tends to fall apart some during matches. "I think there are two reasons," Lowe said. "One is the pressure and two is (during games) you see different serves and ~we need to keep focusing on that." Cheney drops to 1-2 overall and in the GNL but can make up some ground with a busy schedule this week. The Lady Hawks traveled to West Valley (0-4) on Tuesday and return home for two matches, Thurs- day against Clarkston (1-3) and Saturday against a tall but young Pullman team (2r.1, 2-2). "I know there's no easy teams in this conference," Lowe said. "We're definitely taking it by each match, focusing on West Valley and then dealing with Clarkston and Pullman." John McCallum can be reached at jmac@chenevfreepress. com. Crunch Time continued from page 1 ditional crews, 21 officials, on "standby," which hasn't been warmly received eitl~er, mainly because the NFLRA sees these as officials on hand ready to re- place under performing regular officials. Both sides are still far apart on these issues, and while Mon- day night's debacle in Seattle might throw a bit of fuel on the fire, it's unlikely. So many incidents have happened al- ready that if the owners, repre- sented by commissioner Roger Goodell, were truly interested in maintaining the integrity Of the game through professional officiating, we would have had a settlement before the season started. Like other strikebreakers, the replacement officials are just trying to do their best. I don't hold them at fault. The real culprits, as always, are the owners who have more of an interest in what's in their Eastern to meet Southern Utah for It's a busy weekend in Cheney and the Eastern Washington University vol- leyball team gets it all started with an anticipated match-up against new Big Sky member, Southern Utah, tonight (Sept. 27) at Reese Court. First serve between the Eagles and Thunderbirds is slated for 7 p.m. Eastern will then take on one of the league's best teams in 2012, Northern Arizona, Friday, Sept. - 28, also at 7 p.m. After a disappointing trip to Mon- tana where Eastern lost to Montana State 3-2 and then was swept by Montana 3-0, the volleyball team is EWU track team hires Erik Rasmussen as jumps coach The Eastern Washington University track and field team has hired Erik Rasmussen as the new jumps and multi-events coach. Rasmussen was a volunteer as- sistant pole vault coach at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, from September 2008 through August 2012. He has a Level I USATF Coaching Certification and a Level II Certification still looking for its first win of the 2012 in jumps. campaign. Eastern did take two sets off 'Tm really looking forward to work- .Montana State before narrowly losing ing with all the jumpers," Rasmussen the match in five, but then the Eagles said. "Eastern is a great fit for me. Not 'endured their 11th sweep of the season only do they have great athletes, they ,at the hands of the Griz. have good values and emphasize pre- paring athletes for life after athletics, and that fits in well with my philosophy." During his time with the Cougars, he coached three first-teatn All-Americans and 12 NCAA preliminary round qualifiers. He helped seven individual athletes reach a total of 15 appearances at the NCAA National Championship meet. During the 2011 indoorseason, Rasmussen coached four athletes who qualified for the NCAA National Championships. New mobile phone apps available for following EWU sports It's easier than ever to follow Eastern Washington University athletic teams via mobile phones, as well as via the Internet on computers and tablet devices. And best of all, it's all free of charge. Through enhancements made by America One Sports -- the Big Sky Con- ference provider of league-wide webcasts - most EWU home events in football, basketball and volleyball are available via mobile phones by going to www.bigskytv. org. That location is also home to Internet broadcasts, which are also accessed free, just by registering an email address with America One. Eagles score 7-1 hockey win over West Sound team Eastern Washington University's men's hockey team played one of two exhibition games scheduled in advance of their 2012-13 British Columbia Ihtercol- legiate Hockey League season last Friday at the Student Recreation Center where they defeated the Northern Pacific Junior League's West Sound from Bremerton/ Gig Harbor, Wash. 7-1. No scoring details were available. The Eagles were to have played Northern Alberta Institute of Technology but a coaching change at the school forced cancellation of that game. The Eagles play their final tune-up Sunday in Castlegar, B.C. versus BCIHL foe Selkirk College. Eastern starts their season on the road with a trip to the Vancouver area for games Oct. 5 at Trin- ity Western and Oct. 6 at Simon Fraser. Eastern's home opener is Saturday, Oct. 13 versus Thompson Rivers from Kam- loops, B.C. "One thing that stood out was that two of our freshman, Uriah Machuga, and Zach Maxwell had excellent games along with Cash Ulrich in net," head coach Bill Shaw said. "If we can get those guys to contribute at that level all year we will be fine." wallets than what fans see on the field. And that's a shame because things like what hap- pened Monday night cheapen the game, and could down the road be a factor around playoff time. Pretty fishy to me. John McCallum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. To Submit general sports news to the Free Press, email your submissions to: sports@cheneyfreepress. com. 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