No.12 WWU opens Seawolf Spike tourney with two victories
Sept. 13, 2013
ROHNERT PARK, Calif. - Western Washington University remained unbeaten, but suffered its first game loss of the season, as it defeated Chico State, 25-16, 23-25, 25-17, 25-18, following a sweep of Cal State Stanislaus, 25-12, 25-15, 25-17, on Friday at the seventh Sonoma State University Seawolf Spike Invitational Volleyball Tournament being held on the SSU campus.
The Vikings, ranked No.12 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, improved to 6-0. Cal State Stanislaus fell to 1-4 and Chico State dropped to 2-3.
"Chico is a great team that always tests your patience, and I thought we did a really great job toward the end of staying composed and making sure that we played our brand of volleyball," said WWU head coach Diane Flick (14th year, 279-74).
Four WWU players posted double-figure kills, led by Kayla Erickson (Jr., Gig Harbor/Peninsula) with 14. Kelsey Moore (Jr., Bellevue/Newport) and Jennica McPherson (So., Seattle/Kennedy) each had 12, and Emily Boerger (Sr., Marysville/Marysville-Pilchuck) 11.
The Vikings won game one with an 8-2 closing burst, but suffered their first setback in game two after being tied at 22-22. They never trailed in winning game three and scored the last seven points in taking the fourth game.
Dillard had a match-high 41 assists for WWU against Cal State Stanislaus and five players had eight or more kills.
Rachel Roeder (So., Sammamish/Issaquah) led the Vikings with 10 kills and a .409 attack percentage. Moore, Boerger and Erickson each had nine kills and McPherson eight.
Boerger was credited with five blocks and Erickson four. Bryce Larson (R-Fr., Mukilteo/Kamiak) had 12 digs, and Moore and McPherson 11 each.
WWU, the defending tourney co-champions, had runs of six and seven straight points to break open the first game. The Vikings began game two by scoring nine of the first 11 points, and broke open the third game with a 9-3 run.
WWU closes out tourney action Saturday, Sept. 14, against San Francisco State (9 a.m.) and host Sonoma State (1:30 p.m.)
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