No.6 Vikings claim 10th straight victory with sweep of Western Oregon

Kristy Carstensen

Sept. 20, 2003

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BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Middle blocker Kristy Carstensen (Jr., Puyallup) had match-highs of 12 kills, four blocks and three service aces as Western Washington University defeated Western Oregon University, 30-17, 30-17, 30-21, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball match Saturday at Sam Carver Gymnasium.

It was the 10th straight win for the Vikings, ranked No.6 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association/NCAA II Top 25, who improved to 10-1 overall and 4-0 league. They have lost just four games during the winning streak, sweeping six of the 10 matches.

Western also extended its conference victory string to 45, the longest current string in NCAA II and the fifth longest streak in the classification's history.

Western Oregon fell to 6-6 overall and 1-3 in GNAC play. Outside hitter Samantha Krier led the Wolves with eight kills and nine digs.

The score was tied at 8-8 in the opening game, but the Vikings took over from there, grabbing a 19-12 lead and closing the game out with a 7-1 run. Western never trailed in either of the last two games, jumping to a 9-3 advantage in the second game, then pulling away after leading just 12-11 in the third.

Libero Nicola Parker (Sr., Auburn) had a match-high 15 digs for the Vikings, who also got seven kills and 13 digs from outside hitter Brianna Murray (Jr., Everett/Cascade) and 33 assists and 11 digs from setter Liz Bishop (Sr., Seattle/Mount Rainier).

Western, which has won back-to-back GNAC titles, is unbeaten in 40 matches since the conference was formed. The Vikings are 33-1 at Carver Gym since Diane Flick became the head coach in 2000.

Western travels to Northwest Nazarene University for a GNAC contest Thursday (7 p.m.)