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Lofty expectations: Ascending Washington State volleyball program no longer the underdog

Washington State has never been ranked higher in the Pac-12 preseason volleyball poll (fifth) or the AVCA preseason rankings (No. 18). The Cougars have three preseason All-Pac-12 selections, another program first. The underdog label WSU has worn for years doesn’t seem to fit as snugly after five consecutive NCAA tournaments and regular appearances in the national rankings.

Eastern Eagles scrimmage

The Eastern Eagles play a scrimmage game on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, in Cheney.

Out of the rough: Despite shoestring budget, EWU men’s golf made run for top of Big Sky before program was cut

The Eagles were chasing the program’s first Big Sky title in the fall of 1997. They nearly pulled it off, but Sacramento State dug out a one-shot victory. “That was tough, that was our one chance,” said Kyle Kelly, a North Central grad. “Long ride back home to Spokane.” It was the closest the Eagles came to winning the championship, though they made a few more runs at it before the school dropped the program in 2002.