Western opens Cal State Stanislaus Invite with sweep of St. Mary's TX

Meghan Evoy

Sept. 3, 2004

Box Score

TURLOCK, Calif. - Middle blockers Kristy Carstensen (Sr., Puyallup) and Meghan Evoy (Sr., Olympia/Capital) combined for 21 kills and 12 blocks as Western Washington University swept St. Mary's University TX, 30-20, 30-18, 30-11, in opening-day action at the Cal State Stanislaus Invitational Volleyball Tournament being held at Warrior Arena. The Vikings, rated No.9 in the AVCA/NCAA Division II Preseason Top 25, improved to 2-3. St. Mary's fell to 2-3. Evoy had a match-high 12 kills with no errors in 19 attempts for a .632 attack percentage, and Carstensen added nine kills with no errors in 15 attempts for a .600 attack percentage. Carstensen had a match-high seven blocks and Evoy 5. Western finished with a .407 attack percentage to minus-.009 for Saint Mary's, with setter Kristen Urdahl (Jr., Spokane/Ferris) having 32 assists and libero Courtney Schneider (Fr., Snohomish) 11 digs. "This was a very solid match for us all the way around," said Western coach Diane Flick. "We did a really good job of serving, and took them out of their offense early which was a huge key for us. "Kristen set a really good offense. She went to our middles a lot and they had a lot of one-on-one opportunities which they executed well." The Vikings took seven of the last nine points to win game one, ran off seven straight points in taking a commanding 17-9 lead in game two, and then got out to a 19-4 start in game three. Western meets Nova Southeastern University FL at 5 p.m. today, and plays host Cal State Stanislaus on Saturday (12 noon).