Sept. 15, 2012
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Middle blocker Kayla Erickson (So., Gig Harbor/Peninsula) had a match-high 14 kills with a .458 attack efficiency as Western Washington University defeated Seattle Pacific University, 25-22, 25-11, 25-12, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball contest Saturday at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
The Vikings, ranked No.14 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Coaches' Poll, improved to 9-1 overall with their fifth straight victory and are 2-0 in the GNAC.
SPU, which fell to 4-7 overall and 1-1 in the GNAC with its sixth loss in the last eight matches, was led by the 10 kills of outside hitter Cailin Fellows.
"We had a good balanced attack again, which is how we have to play to be successful," said WWU head coach Diane Flick (13th year, 258-71). "There's still a lot we can learn from this match."
The first set was the only tight one of the match, as the score was tied at 18-18 before the Vikings asserted control with six straight points, with middle blocker Emily Boerger (Jr., Marysville/Marysville-Pilchuck) notching two kills and a block in the charge.
WWU then dominated the next two sets, jumping to a 9-3 lead in the second and 15-4 in the third, holding SPU to a .000 attack percentage in the two sets with 15 kills and 15 errors in 70 attempts.
Outside hitter Marlayna Geary (Sr., Tacoma/Bellarmine Prep) had 12 kills, 10 digs and three blocks for the Vikings, who have won 22 of their last 23 home matches.
The double-double was Geary's eighth of the season.
Erickson had 14 kills and three errors in 24 attempts for the match, including six kills and no errors in nine attempts in the final set.
Libero Samantha Hutchinson (So., University Place/Curtis) contributed a match-high 18 digs and middle blocker Emily Boerger (Jr., Marysville/Marysville-Pilchuck) had seven kills and a match-high four blocks.
The Vikings travel to Northwest Nazarene for a GNAC match Thursday (7 p.m.).