Vikings Cap Perfect Day with 3-1 Win over Concordia-Irvine

Sept. 8, 2017

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Junior outside hitter Abby Phelps and senior outside hitter Arielle Turner each recorded double-doubles to lead the 10th-ranked Western Washington University volleyball team to a 3-1 victory over 15th-ranked Concordia-Irvine Friday evening in the D2 West Region Volleyball Showcase at the Alaska Airlines Center.
WWU improved to 5-2 on the season and finished the day 2-0 with wins over No. 11 Cal State San Bernardino (3-2) and No. 15 Concordia-Irvine (3-1). Game scores of Friday evening's match were 25-21, 21-25, 25-21, 25-17 in favor of the Vikings.
"Today was a good day of Viking volleyball," said 18th-year head coach Diane Flick-Williams. "It was good to see us rebound from yesterday to play a brand of ball that is more like ourselves."
Phelps (Manson, WA/Chelan) recorded her fifth double-double in seven matches this season, totaling 14 kills and 22 digs. She also added 2 service aces and 3 block assists to finish with 17.5 points.
Turner (Leavenworth, WA/Cascade) turned in her first career double-double with a season-high 14 kills and 12 digs.
Junior setter Brette Boesel (Brewster, WA) was a key to the Vikings performance according to Flick-Williams, adding a double-double of her own with 46 assists and 14 digs. She also set a career-high with 4 kills and equaled her career-best with 3 blocks.
"Brette's all-around game was outstanding tonight," said Flick-Williams. "Not only was her offensive game plan solid, but the rest of her game - digging, blocking, and attacking - followed suit with her offensive tactics."
Junior middle blocker Michaela Hall (Centralia, WA) continued her early-season solid play with 11 kills on a .360 hitting percentage, and had 6 blocks. Through the first seven matches of the season Hall is averaging 2.56 kills and 1.04 blocks per set, while hitting .351.
Cindy Tran led Concordia-Irvine (4-2) with a match-high 15 kills and also turned in 4.0 blocks.
The Vikings jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the match with a 25-21 first-set victory. WWU built a sizeable lead at 18-12, but the Eagles stormed back to pull to within one point at 21-20. But the Vikings didn't give in and went on a 4-1 run to end the set. Turner, Hall and Phelps all had four kills apiece in the set to lead the Vikings, who managed a team hitting percentage of .271 in the set.
The Eagles took early control of the second set building a 10-5 lead, but the Vikings wouldn't go away going on a 7-2 run to eventually tie the game at 12-12 (and then 13-13 and 14-14). CUI pulled away from a 14-14 tie with a 4-0 run to gain an 18-14 advantage with WWU calling a timeout. WWU would fight to the end, but the Eagles prevailed 25-21 to even the match 1-1.
WWU pulled ahead 2-1 with a 25-21 third-set victory. The Vikings scored the first five points of the set on the serving of Boesel, and then continued to apply the pressure through the mid part of the game. Concordia pulled to within three points at 8-5, but WWU responded with a 3-0 run to extend the lead to 11-5 to force a second CUI timeout. WWU extended its lead to 17-10, but much like the rest of the match, Concordia fought back going on a 4-0 run, but would never pull closer than a three-point deficit.
The Vikings built a sizeable six-point lead at 16-10, but the Eagles went on a 4-0 run to pull to within two points and force a WWU timeout. WWU responded going on a 6-1 run coming out of the timeout to seal the 3-1 victory with a 25-17 fourth-set win.
Western closes out tournament play tomorrow facing Chico State at 4:30 pm PT/3:30 pm AKT. The match will be streamed live online and can be followed via live stats at GNAC.tv.
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