Middle blocker Kayla Erickson (Jr., Gig Harbor/Peninsula) had match highs of 12 kills and four block assists as nationally ranked Western Washington University swept Western Oregon University 25-22, 25-14, 25-14, on Saturday in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball match at the New P.E. Building on the WOU campus.
The Vikings, ranked No.7 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, improved to 13-1 overall and 6-0 in league action with their sixth straight win. All six of their conference wins have been sweeps and they have won 12 matches in the minimum three games this season.
Western Oregon fell to 5-12 overall and 2-5 in conference play.
“Again, I was really pleased with how we followed our game plan,” said WWU coach Diane Flick (14th year, 286-75). “We got a good solid match from everyone.”
Rachel Roeder (So., Sammamish/Issaquah) and Kelsey Moore (Jr., Bellevue/Newport) each had nine kills and three block solos for the Vikings. Emily Boerger (Sr., Marysville/Marysville-Pilchuck) added six kills and three block solos.
WWU libero Samantha Hutchinson (Jr., University Place/Curtis) contributed 20 digs and setter Taylor Dillard (Jr., Milton/Fife) had 37 assists. Both were match highs.
Trailing 21-19 in game one, WWU scored six of the last seven points for the win. Boerger had three kills and Dillard a service ace during that closing run.
In game two, the Vikings scored six straight points, two on kills by Jennica McPherson (So., Seattle/Kennedy), for a 14-8 advantage. They finished with a 10-2 burst for a 2-0 lead.
WWU easily closed out the match as it scored seven of the first 10 points in game three.
The Vikings return home for four straight home matches, all GNAC counters, beginning with Alaska Fairbanks on Thursday, Oct. 17 (7 p.m.).