Western opens with tough loss to UC San Diego
Aug. 29, 2003
SAN BERNARDINO, CA - Despite having five players record double-digit kills, Western Washington University fell to UC San Diego 30-28, 30-28, 27-30, 30-15 in first-day action at the Cal State San Bernardino Invitational Volleyball Tournament on Friday at Coussoulis Arena. It was the season opener for both schools.
The Vikings, ranked No.10 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Coaches Preseason Poll, were led by outside hitter Rachelle Cooper's (Jr., Port Orchard/South Kitsap) 15 kills and All-America setter Liz Bishop's (Sr., Seattle/Mount Rainier) match-high 58 assists. Bishop also added 12 digs.
The No.6 Tritons, who reached the Pacific Regional semifinals last year, were paced by Bonnie Wilson and Lindsay Crandell, who each had 15 kills with 14 and 11 digs, respectively.
"We played very well in the first couple of games," said Western head coach Diane Flick. "UC San Diego is a very good team. They didn't make many mistakes and capitalized on the ones we made."
Western had a .175 attack percentage with 67 kills and 32 errors in 200 attempts. UC San Diego had a .254 attack percentage with 64 kills and just 18 errors in 181 attempts. The Vikings also had nine service errors to one for the Tritons.
Middle blockers Kristy Carstensen (Jr., Puyallup) and Meghan Evoy (Jr., Olympia/Capitol) had 14 and 13 kills, respectively, for Western. Outside hitter Brianna Murray (Jr., Everett/Cascade) added 11 kills and 23 digs.
UC San Diego setter Teresa Ohta had a team-high 17 digs and 55 assists.
"It really was just a play here or there that could've changed the match for us," Flick said. "It was a good start for us. We definitely have some things we need to work on for the next time around. The only way we can find those things out is to play the good teams."
Western faces Sonoma State later today at 2:30 p.m. On Saturday, the Vikings face Cal State Bakersfield at 2:30 p.m. and No.3-ranked Cal State San Bernardino at 7:30 p.m.
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