No.5 Vikings roll to 12th straight win, sweep at Seattle U.
Sept. 27, 2003
SEATTLE, Wash. - Middle blocker Kristy Carstensen (Jr., Puyallup) had 12 kills and a match-high six blocks and outside hitter Jamie Petersen (So., Kent/Kentwood) had 12 kills as Western Washington University swept Seattle University, 30-19, 30-19, 30-27, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball match Saturday at Connolly Center.
It was the 12th straight win for the Vikings, ranked a No.5 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association/NCAA II Top 25, who improved to 12-1 overall and 6-0 league. They have lost just four games during the winning streak, sweeping eight of the matches, including the last four.
Western also extended its conference victory string to 47, the longest current string in NCAA II and the fifth longest streak in the classification's history. The Vikings need three more to tie for fourth place.
Seattle, which fell to 8-4 overall and 4-1 in GNAC play, had a five-match winning streak snapped. The Redhawks were led by Sarah Sommerman, who had a match-high 17 digs, and Erika Brunson with 20 digs.
Western libero Nicola Parker (Sr., Auburn) had a match-high 24 digs as she moved into fourth place among the school's career leaders with 1,156. Outside hitter Brianna Murray (Jr., Everett/Cascade) had 18 kills for the Vikings.
The Vikings had an 8-1 run to take a 15-8 lead in game one and never trailed by less than six the rest of the way. They got out to a commanding 21-8 advantage in game two and after trailing 27-25 in game three, scored five straight points to close out the match. Petersen had seven kills in the third game.
Western, which has won back-to-back GNAC titles, is unbeaten in 42 matches since the conference was formed.
The Vikings host Central Washington University in a GNAC contest Thursday (7 p.m.)
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