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No.12 WWU opens Seawolf Spike tourney with sweep

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No.12 WWU opens Seawolf Spike tourney with sweep

ROHNERT PARK, Calif. — Setter Taylor Dillard had a match-high 41 assists as Western Washington University had five players with eight or more kills in a sweep of Cal State Stanislaus, 25-12, 25-15, 25-17, to begin first-day action Friday at the seventh Sonoma State University Seawolf Spike Invitational Volleyball Tournament being held on the SSU campus.

The Vikings, ranked No.12 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Preseason Top 25 Poll, improved to 5-0. They have not lost a game yet this season.

Cal State Stanislaus fell to 1-4.

“I was very pleased with our set distribution,” said WWU coach Diane Flick.  “We had a super balanced offense and Taylor did a good job of distributing and putting the ball in the right place at the right time.”

Rachel Roeder led the Vikings with 10 kills and a .409 attack percentage. Kelsey Moore (Jr., Bellevue/Newport), Emily Boerger and Kayla Erickson each had nine kills and Jennica McPherson eight.

Boerger was credited with five blocks and Erickson four. Bryce Larson had 12 digs, and Moore and McPherson 11each.

WWU, the defending tourney co-champions, had runs of six and seven straight points to break open the first game. The Vikings began game two by scoring nine of the first 11 points, and broke open the third game with a 9-3 run.

At 3:45 p.m. today, WWU takes on Chico State, which beat Montana State Billings, three games to one, in its first match of the tourney.

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