Vikings close out Emerald City Classic with loss to No.1 Nebraska-Kearney

Tiana Roma

Sept. 3, 2005

Box Score

SEATTLE, Wash. - Western Washington University hit just .183 as it was swept 30-18, 30-21, 30-27, by American Volleyball Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Preseason No.1-ranked University of Nebraska-Kearney on Saturday to close out the Emerald City Classic held at Royal Brougham Pavilion on the campus of co-host Seattle Pacific University.

The Lopers, who improved to 7-1, posted a .414 attack percentage with five players having double-figure kills. Erin Brosz (.571) and Erin Gudmundsen (.400) each had 13 kills and Samantha Harvey added 11 (.550).

Western fell to 4-4, winning just one of three matches at the tourney.

"I hope we take away from this tournament that we have a lot of things that we can work on," said Western coach Diane Flick. "We already have some things we do well and we have to build off that."

Middle blocker Tiana Roma (R-Fr., Edmonds/Edmonds-Woodway) had team highs of nine kills and four blocks for the Vikings.

Nebraska-Kearney closed out the first two games with impressive runs of 10-3 and 10-5, respectively. Western closed to within one point, 28-27, late in game three, but the Lopers got the final two points to end the match.

Outside hitter Marissa Hill (Fr., North Bend) had a team-high 16 kills and a .483 attack percentage in Western's sweep of Chico State, 30-24, 30-25, 30-26, that snapped a three-match losing streak.

The Vikings also got nine kills from Jaime Anderson (So., SeaTac/Mount Rainier), and match highs of four blocks by Sarah Primrose (Fr., Issaquah) and 21 digs by libero Courtney Schneider (So., Snohomish). Chico State, which fell to 4-3, was led by the match-high 18 kills of Lindsay Macias. Jamie Houle added 13 kills for the Wildcats.

Western scored 12 of the last 18 points in game one after it was tied at 18-all. The Vikings got out to a 10-4 lead in game two, then scored the last three points after Chico State got back to within two, 27-25. Trailing 12-11 in game three, Western scored four straight points to take control.

The Vikings make their home and league debut Thursday (7 p.m.), entertaining University of Alaska Anchorage in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference match at Sam Carver Gymnasium.