Sep 6, 2013
MONMOUTH, Ore. -
Middle blocker Kayla Erickson (Jr., Gig Harbor/Peninsula) continued her outstanding play with a match high 15 kills and a .737 attack percentage as Western Washington University swept Minnesota State University Mankato, 25-23, 25-14, 25-12, in second-day action Friday at the fourth annual Western Oregon University Invitational Volleyball Tournament being held at the New P.E. Building on the WOU campus.
The Vikings, ranked No.17 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Preseason Top 25 Poll, are 3-0 in the season-opening tournament, all of them sweeps. It was the season opener for MSUM.
"I was just real pleased in looking at how efficient we were today," said WWU coach Diane Flick (14th year, 276-74). "Not one person had more than one hitting error."
Middle blocker Emily Boerger (Sr., Marysville/Marysville-Pilchuck) had seven kills in 10 attempts with no errors for the Vikings and setter Taylor Dillard (Jr., Milton/Fife) had a match-best 22 assists along with four digs, three blocks and one kill.
"Taylor did a great job of distributing the ball and making sure that our hitters are in a great place to hit," Flick said.
Erickson's three-match totals are 38 kills on .548 hitting and 11 blocks, all team highs.
In the first game against MSUM, neither team led by more than three points. There were seven ties and two lead changes with opposite-side hitter Jennica McPherson (So., Seattle/Kennedy) providing the final point with a kill.
The Vikings got off to 16-6 leads in dominating both the second and third games.
WWU, which opened tourney play Thursday with sweeps of Cal State East Bay and Holy Names, closes out action Saturday (12:30 p.m.) against Metro State University.