Vikings drop two in opening-day action at Emerald City Classic

WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM Courtney Schneider
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Courtney Schneider
WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM

Sept. 2, 2005

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SEATTLE, Wash. - Playing two undefeated teams, the Western Washington University volleyball team came up empty twice in opening-day action Friday at the Emerald City Classic being held at Royal Brougham Pavilion on the campus of co-host Seattle Pacific University.

The Vikings, who had their record evened at 3-3, were swept by Cal State L.A., 30-24, 30-25, 30-24, after falling 30-20, 29-31, 30-23, 26-30, 15-5, to Cal Poly Pomona.

Western, which was swept for just the third time in three seasons, hit just .119 against Cal State L.A (6-0). The Golden Eagles got a match-high 15 kills from Tanya White, with Luana Cavalcanti and Andrea Richardson adding 13 each.

Ashley Hardwick had a match-high 20 digs for Cal State L.A., followed by Shannon Johnson with 18.

"We've got a lot to learn, and we better do it quickly or we're going to be in a world of hurt," said Western coach Diane Flick.

On Saturday, the Vikings face Chico State at 11:30 a.m. and close out the tournament against AVCA/NCAA Division II Preseason No.1-ranked Nebraska Kearney at 4:30 p.m.

Against the Golden Eagles, Western scored just three of the last 12 points in losing game one, never led in game two, and was outscored 6-1 as Cal State L.A. took a commanding 21-16 lead in game three to complete the sweep.

Versus Cal Poly Pomona, Western rallied twice to force a deciding fifth game.

The Vikings were led by middle blocker Tiana Roma (R-Fr., Edmonds/Edmonds-Woodway) with 11 kills and a .550 attack percentage. Libero Courtney Schneider (So., Snohomish) had a match-high 18 digs.

"We played really tentative," Flick said. "We let them play their game and we tried to match it instead of bringing our game to the floor."

Cal Poly Pomona (5-0) was paced by Jenna Young, who recorded a match-high 23 kills with a .400 attack percentage. Kellie Francis had 17 kills and 14 digs for the Broncos, and Allison Anderson added 16 kills.

The Vikings fell behind 9-1 in losing game one. In the second game, Western jumped out to a 5-0 lead and held off Cal Poly Pomona, the winning point coming on a service ace by Schneider.

After the Broncos took game three, Western again rallied and won a hard-fought fourth game. But in the deciding fifth game, the Vikings fell behind 5-0 and never recovered.

Cal Poly Pomona had a .295 attack percentage and the Vikings .221.

Western has lost three straight matches, the first time that has happened since the opening of the 2001 season.