Shanda Call, Utah State University
The 2017 Utah State Eastern volleyball team poses for a photo.
Utah State Eastern volleyball picked up a win on Friday and Saturday during the CSN Coyote Volleyball Invitational in Las Vegas.
The Eagles opened the weekend with a tough 3-2 loss on Friday against Mira Costa College.
USU Eastern head coach Danielle Jensen said after the match that she gives credit to Mira Costa for capitalizing on her team’s mistakes.
“We came out slow against Mira Costa and they jumped on us early. Mira Costa played a great game and took advantage of our mistakes,” said Jensen.
Sidney Springer led the Eagles in scoring with 19 kills along with 20 digs and four blocks.
Setter Agatha Roese-Olsen matched a season-high 55 assists in the five-set loss to Mira Costa to lead the team.
The Eagles bounced back later on Friday with a 3-0 win over Victor Valley College.
Sophomore Jaelyn Olsen said that after the slow start in the first game of the weekend, her team worked things out before getting the win against Victor Valley.
“We hashed things out on what we struggled with in the team meeting after the Mira Costa game. Also, our bench came and stepped up and played an amazing game,” Olsen said.
Coming off the bench to lead the team in multiple statistical against Victor Valley was freshman Kynsee Mussmann. She finished the game with a team-high nine kills, 10 digs and three blocks.
Freshman Ragen Flippence led the team in assists with 19 coming off the bench.
On Saturday morning, the Eagles picked up a 3-0 win against Edmonds Community College.
Freshman Sarah Mafi led the Eagles in scoring with 12 kills, and Roese-Olsen led the team in assists with 39.
During the final game of the weekend, the Eagles took on fellow top-20 opponent Seward County but could not pull out the win and lost 3-1.
The Eagles lost the first set, 25-12, but regrouped in the second set to pick up the only set win of the match.
Jensen said her team allowed points in key situations that gave Seward confidence to get ahead of her team.
“Seward had some…