Sept. 26, 2013
BILLINGS, Mont. - Outside hitter Rachel Roeder (So., Sammamish/Issaquah) and middle blocker Kayla Erickson (Jr., Gig Harbor/Peninsula) combined for 22 kills and libero Samantha Hutchinson (Jr., University Place/Curtis) had a match-high 24 digs as Western Washington University began defense of its Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship with a sweep of Montana State University Billings, 25-14, 25-18, 25-18, on Thursday at Alterowitz Gymnasium on the MSUB campus.
The Vikings, No.11 in this week's American Volleyball Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, improved to 8-1 overall.
MSUB, which lost its fifth straight match, fell to 2-9 overall and 0-3 in conference play. The Yellowjackets, who were playing in their home opener, were led by the 11 kills of Monica Grimsrud.
"We were calm throughout the entire match and played very steady," said WWU head coach Diane Flick (14th year, 281-75).
Erickson had 10 kills and a .588 hitting percentage, and Roeder had a match-high 12 kills. Setter Taylor Dillard (Jr., Milton/Fife) contributed a match-best 28 assists.
Hutchinson entered the match ranked second nationally in digs per set (6.50) and Erickson was second in attack percentage at .476.
WWU, which trailed only twice in the match early in the second game, has not lost to MSUB in 16 series meetings.
The Vikings, who had a bye last week, complete a string of 10 straight road matches to open the season Saturday (5 p.m.), traveling to Seattle Pacific for a GNAC counter.
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No. 8 Vikings Return to Road in GNAC Action
WWU takes 15-3 record into road contests at Simon Fraser and Montana State Billings
No. 11 Vikings Continue Winning Ways with Sweep of SPU
Vikings win eighth consecutive match to finish first half of GNAC play with 9-1 record to tie for 1st place
Volleyball Sweeps Saint Martin's to Extend Winning Streak
WWU wins seventh straight to improve to 14-3 overall and move into tie for 1st place in GNAC with 8-1 league mark
No. 11 Volleyball Returns Home To Host SMU and SPU
Vikings take six-match winning streak into pair of GNAC matches at Carver Gym
Joellee Buckner Named GNAC Player of the Week
Buckner recorded pair of double-doubles in sweep of Alaskan school
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Vikings match program record with 21 total blocks while recording sixth consecutive victory
No. 11 Volleyball Sweeps Alaska to Win Fifth Straight
Joellee Buckner records eighth double-double of the season with 13 kills and 20 digs
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Vikings have won four straight matches and are 11-3 overall, 5-1 in GNAC play
No. 10 Vikings Sweep Western Oregon
Abby Phelps leads Vikings with 12th double-double of the season
No. 10 Volleyball Sweeps Concordia in GNAC Play
Joellee Buckner and Abby Phelps lead balanced attack with double-doubles
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Vikings are 9-3 on the season and 3-1 in GNAC play
No. 13 Volleyball Sweeps Montana State Billings
Abby Phelps, Michaela Hall and Joellee Buckner all record 11 kills in the victory
No. 13 Vikings Open New Carver With 3-1 Win over Simon Fraser
Vikings feed off energy of crowd of 1,289 in return to campus on WECU Court