Western opens GNAC play with sweep of Saint Martin's

Kathryn Mertens

Sept. 17, 2009

Box Score

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Outside hitter Marlayna Geary (Fr., Tacoma/Bellarmine Prep) had a match-high 15 kills as Western Washington University swept Saint Martin's University, 25-11, 25-20, 25-19, Thursday night in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball match on Haggen Court at Sam Carver Gymnasium.

It was the conference opener for both teams.

The Vikings improved to 8-4 overall with their 21st straight win over Saint Martin's, which last posted a series win in 1998.

The Saints fell to 1-7.

Western never trailed in rolling to victory in the opening set, posting a .424 attack percentage.

In the second set, the Saints used six blocks to take a 17-16 lead, but the Vikings rallied with nine of the last 12 points.

In the final frame, Western used an 8-1 charge to establish a 19-11 advantage. SMU twice pulled within four points, but got no closer.

Outside hitter Jordyn Bailey (Jr., Wenatchee) had 11 kills for Western, which had a 42-20 advantage in that category. Telissa Tua led Saint Martin's with five.

Libero Allison Gotz (Jr., Bothell/Archbishop Murphy) had a match-high 27 digs for the Vikings, who had 14 services aces, four by Kathryn Mertens (Jr., Olympia).

Western, which is 126-15 in conference play since the GNAC was founded in 2001, travels to Western Oregon for a GNAC contest Saturday (7 p.m.).