Western defeats Cal State Bakersfield, 3 games to 1
Aug. 30, 2003
SAN BERNARDINO, CA - Middle blocker Kristy Carstensen (Jr., Puyallup) had a team-high 19 kills, committing just one error in 29 attack attempts, and also added five blocks as Western Washington University defeated Cal State Bakersfield, 30-28, 30-28, 19-30, 30-21, Saturday in second-day action at the Cal State San Bernardino Invitational Volleyball Tournament.
The Vikings, who face the host Coyotes, ranked No.3 in the AVCA/NCAA Division II coaches preseason Top 25, tonight at 7:30, improved to 2-1 with the triumph. Outside hitter Jamie Petersen (So., Kent/Kentwood) added 11 kills and 15 digs for Western, No.10 in the preseason rankings.
The Vikings used consecutive points to break away from 28-28 ties in each of the first two games. Cal State Bakersfield, which fell to 1-2, committed back-to-back hitting errors in the opening game, then Carstensen had consecutive kills to close out the second game.
The Roadrunners won the third game, but Western did not commit a hitting error in easily winning the fourth game and closing out the match.
"Overall it was a solid match for us," said Western coach Diane Flick. "It was our best match so far of the season."
Outside hitter Brianna Murray (Jr., Everett/Cascade) and middle blocker Meghan Evoy (Jr., Olympia/Capital) each had 10 kills for Western, with Murray getting 18 digs and Evoy notching four service aces and five blocks.
Morgan Reed led Cal State Bakersfield with 19 kills and 14 digs.
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