Aug. 31, 2007
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Outside hitter Jaime Anderson (SeaTac/Mount Rainier) had 17 kills, 15 digs and three aces, leading Western Washington University to a 30-9, 30-11, 30-18 victory over Cal State Dominguez Hills to complete first-day action Friday at the Western Washington University Invitational Volleyball Tournament being held on Haggen Court at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
The triumph improved the Vikings, No.23 in the CSTV American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II Preseason Top 25 Poll, to 4-2 overall. CSUDH fell to 0-6.
Middle blocker Angie Alvord (Jr., Laurel/Meridian) added 11 kills for Western. The Vikings were never threatened, opening up a 9-1 lead in the first game, 13-3 in the second, and 12-1 in the third.
Libero Courtney Schneider (Sr., Snohomish) had 15 digs for Western, taking her career total to 1,983, 25 short of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference record.
Western had a 52-18 advantage in kills. Sophia Lopes led CSUDH with six kills.
Earlier Friday, Anderson, Alvord and outside hitter Emily Castro (Sr., Bellingham/Meridian) each had 13 kills, and Alvord added a match-high eight blocks, as Western toppled previously unbeaten Cal Poly Pomona, 30-18, 30-17, 30-19.
The closest game in Friday's tourney action was the opener, in which Cal Poly Pomona defeated Western Oregon, 31-29, 31-33, 22-30, 30-14, 15-9 behind the 18 kills of Jenna Young. Western Oregon bounced back later in the day to defeat CSUDH, 30-14, 30-16, 30-25 with Haley Kostrba having 13 kills to lead the way.
Nationally No.3-ranked Cal State San Bernardino won both of its matches, sweeping Saint Martin's, 30-16, 30-23, 30-22, and Seattle U., 30-24, 30-18, 30-24. Jessica Granados led the Coyotes in kills in each match, getting 13 against Saint Martin's and 22 versus Seattle U.
Action concludes Saturday with six more matches, capped by Western hosting Cal State San Bernardino at 7 p.m. in a battle of nationally ranked teams.