BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Middle blocker Kayla Erickson (Jr., Gig Harbor/Peninsula) had match highs of 13 kills and five blocks as nationally ranked Western Washington University ended its regular season with a 25-12, 25-12, 26-24 victory over Simon Fraser University in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball match at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
The Vikings, ranked No.10 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, improved to 23-3 with their ninth straight victory. They won the GNAC title with a 16-2 record, earning the conference’s automatic berth in the NCAA II West Regional.
The NCAA Selection Show takes place Monday, Nov. 25, at 4:30 p.m. where the site, field and WWU’s first-round opponent will be announced.
Simon Fraser ended its season 11-13 overall and 6-12 in conference play. The Clan was led by the 10 kills of Madeline Hait. Alanna Chan added a match-high 26 digs.
Erickson had six kills in the opening set, and Kelsey Moore (Jr., Bellevue/Newport), who finished with 12 kills, had seven in the second frame, as the Vikings rolled to a 2-0 lead.
SFU led much of the third set, and appeared ready to win it after a solo block by Amanda Renkema gave the Clan a 24-21 lead. But the Vikings stormed back with five straight points, three of them on kills by Rachel Roeder (So., Sammamish/Issaquah) to earn their 20th sweep of the season.
The match was the last at home for Viking senior middle blocker Emily Boerger (Marysville/Marysville-Pilchuck), who had six kills and four blocks, and also made a crucial save of a blocked attack late in the third set.