Sept. 28, 2013
SEATTLE, Wash. - Libero Samantha Hutchinson (Jr., University Place/Curtis) had a match-high 30 digs and Western Washington University had a 13.5 to 6.5 advantage in blocks as the Vikings swept Seattle Pacific University 25-20, 27-25, 25-18, on Saturday in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball match at Royal Brougham Pavilion on the SPU campus.
The Vikings, No.11 in this week's American Volleyball Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, improved to 9-1 overall, all of the matches played on the road, and 2-0 in league action. They have had sweeps in eight of the contests. SPU, which entered the week ranked No.3 nationally in blocks per set, fell to 6-6 overall and 2-2 in conference play.
"This was quite the grind, but I was very proud of my team for hanging in there and getting two tough road wins," said WWU head coach Diane Flick (14th year, 281-75), whose squad also won 3-0 at Montana State Billings on Thursday.
"This was one of the better blocking matches that we've had. It was a point of emphasis last week, so that was nice to see."
The Vikings' Emily Boerger (Sr., Marysville/Marysville-Pilchuck) had a match-best seven blocks with two solos and five assists, and middle blocker Kayla Erickson (Jr., Gig Harbor/Peninsula) had six with one solo and five assists.
Opposite-side hitter Jennica McPherson (So., Seattle/Kennedy) led a balanced WWU attack with 10 kills and Erickson had eight. McPherson also had 11 digs and three blocks.
WWU led by five points early in game one, but the Falcons rallied to within one, 20-19, before the Vikings scored five of the last six points, two on kills by Kelsey Moore (Jr., Bellevue/Newport).
McPherson ended the second game with two kills as WWU came back from a 13-5 deficit. The Vikings took a 12-4 lead in game three and SPU never got closer than three from that point on.
SPU was led by Ellie Britt with a match-high 12 kills and 12 blocks.
The Vikings next make their first home appearances of the season, entertaining Northwest Nazarene on Thursday, Oct. 3 (7 p.m.), and Central Washington on Saturday, Oct. 5 (7 p.m.), in GNAC contests at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
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