BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The 13th-ranked Western Washington University volleyball team swept Montana State Billings 3-0 in Great Northwest Athletic Conference action Thursday night on WECU Court at Carver Gym.
The Vikings improved to 9-3 overall and 3-1 in GNAC play with the decisive 25-19, 25-14, 25-16 victory over MSUB (5-7, 1-2 GNAC).
Junior outside hitter Abby Phelps (Manson, WA/Chelan) recorded her 10th double-double in 12 matches this season, registering 11 kills and 17 digs.
Senior opposite Joellee Buckner (Colville, WA) also recorded 11 kills, coming on a .323 hitting percentage, and just missed the double-double with 9 digs.
Junior middle blocker Michaela Hall (Centralia, WA) capped a great week adding 11 kills and 5 blocks for the Vikings.
“I thought we stayed patient tonight, followed our game plan and got a lot of good performance from a number of players,” said 18th-year head coach Diane Flick-Williams.
“I thought Joellee (Buckner) really picked up her game tonight and had a great match,” added Flick-Williams. “And Kazlyn (Roullier) provided us an emotional lift when she came in during the second set.”
Roullier (Spokane Valley, WA/Central Valley) had 6 kills off the bench for the Vikings.
The Yellowjackets were led by 9 kills from Maddi Vigil and a match-high 23 digs from libero Izela Alvarez.
MSUB recorded 84 digs in the three-set match, but WWU still managed to hit .226 in the sweep.
After playing the its first 10 matches of the season on the road, WWU will continue its homestand next week hosting Concordia (Thursday, Sept. 28) and Western Oregon (Saturday, Sept. 30) at Carver Gym. All home matches will be streamed live online at WWUVikings.com/Live and available via the GNAC channel on several streaming devices (Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, AndroidTV).
Volleyball 2017 Season in Review
Vikings finished the season ranked No. 7 in the nation going 27-4 and winning GNAC Championship
Abby Phelps Named First Team AVCA All-American
Phelps earns First Team honor, while Brette Boesel and Joellee Buckner named Honorable Mention
Vikings Fall in West Regional Final to Cal State San Bernardino
WWU has 20-match winning streak snapped in 3-0 loss to finish season 27-4
Championship Saturday! Vikings to Play for West Regional Title
WWU Volleyball takes 20-match winning streak into regional final vs. Cal State San Bernardino
Vikings Advance to West Regional Final With 3-1 Win over NNU
Vikings will play in NCAA II West Regional Championship match for the third consecutive season facing Cal State San Bernardino at 7 pm...
Vikings Take On NNU In NCAA West Regional Semifinal
WWU is coming off 3-1 victory over Alaska Anchorage
Volleyball Advances in NCAA Tourney With 3-1 Win Over UAA
Junior outside hitter Abby Phelps records a career-high 28 kills with a .347 hitting percentage to lead WWU
Three Vikings Named AVCA All-West Region
Brette Boesel and Abby Phelps named First Team All-West Region. Joellee Buckner named honorable mention
Boesel and Phelps Named D2CCA First Team All-Region
The Vikings lead the region with two first-team selections in Boesel and Phelps
Volleyball Heads to Sixth Consecutive NCAA Championships
Vikings are ranked No. 5 in the nation and take 18-match winning streak into postseason
Vikings Dominate All-GNAC Volleyball Team
Abby Phelps named GNAC Player of the Year to lead five WWU selections to All-GNAC team
Vikings Announced as No. 2 Seed in NCAA II Championships West Regional
WWU will take 18-match winning streak up against GNAC rival Alaska Anchorage in the first round on Nov. 30
Phelps and Hall Sweep GNAC Volleyball Awards
Abby Phelps named GNAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week and Michaela Hall earns defensive award
Winning Streak Reaches 18 Straight for the Vikings
WWU ends regular season with 3-0 sweep over Central Washington on Senior Night
Vikings Clinch GNAC Championship with Sweep over NNU
Vikings clinch eighth GNAC title with 25-22, 25-21, 25-19 victory over No. 13 Northwest Nazarene