No. 10 Volleyball Sweeps Concordia in GNAC Play

Sept. 28, 2017

Box Score

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Outside hitter Abby Phelps and opposite Joellee Buckner both tabbed double-doubles to lead the 10th-ranked Western Washington University volleyball team to a 3-0 sweep over Concordia Thursday evening in front of 907 fans on Student Appreciation Night on WECU Court at Carver Gym.

Game scores were 25-17, 25-20, 25-17 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference match-up.

The Vikings won their third consecutive match to improve to 10-3 overall and 4-1 in GNAC play. Concordia dropped to 6-6 overall and 1-4 in league play.

“I thought tonight was one of our best all-around matches of the season,” said 18th-year head coach Diane Flick-Williams. “It goes with our motto that we don’t have any stars, just a galaxy.”

Buckner (Sr., Colville, WA) led the Vikings with 15.0 points, recording 11 kills, 6 blocks and one service ace. She added 12 digs for her seventh double-double of the season.

Phelps (Jr., Manson, WA/Chelan) led the Vikings with 12 kills and 16 digs, also adding 2 service aces for 14.0 points. The double-double was her league-leading 11th of the season.

Senior outside hitter Arielle Turner (Leavenworth, WA/Cascade) added 9 kills and a pair of service aces, and junior middle blocker Michaela Hall (Centralia, WA) turned in a match-high 7 blocks.

Junior setter Brette Boesel (Brewster, WA) led all players with 35 assists, efficiently leading the Vikings to a .274 team hitting percentage.

“When you see a balanced attack and all those contributions, that comes from the setter position,” said Flick-Williams on her junior setter. “I thought she did a great job running our game plan and putting our hitters in position to score well. She was basically not noticed, and that’s the sign of a great setter.”

The Vikings took control of the first set going on an early 9-2 run, and went on to a 25-17 victory to go up 1-0 in the match. Concordia pulled to within three at 10-7, but the Vikings answered going on an extended 9-5 run to take control of the set. The Vikings hit .244 for the set (14 kills, 1 error, 41 attacks) and was led by 5 kills and 2 blocks from Buckner (.556 attack pct.).

WWU went up 2-0 with a 25-20 second-set victory, riding the 7 kills and .545 hitting percentage of Phelps. The Vikings pulled away from an early one-point game at 8-7, going on a 9-2 run to grab a 17-9 lead and finished off the set with the 25-20 win.

The Vikings and Cavaliers were locked in a tight one in the third set, with WWU leading by one at 8-7. The Vikings pulled away slightly going on a 4-1 run, forcing CU to call a timeout trailing 12-8. Western cushioned its lead to 20-14 and continued on for the 25-17 win to close out the sweep. Buckner and Hall each had 5 kills to lead the Vikings, who hit .375 as a team in the final set.

Lindsey Dorsey recorded a match-high 13 kills for Concordia, and Michele Brown recorded a double-double with 27 assists and 16 digs.

Western finishes its four-game homestand Saturday hosting Western Oregon at 7 pm on WECU Court at Carver Gym. All home matches will be streamed live online at and available via the GNAC channel on several streaming devices (Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, AndroidTV).

Match Notes: Arielle Turner recorded 2 service aces, giving her 84 in her career to move into the WWU all-time top 25 (T24th)…Michaela Hall moved up to No. 17 in the WWU record books with 232 career blocks…Abby Phelps passed the 1,000-point mark in her career (1002.0).


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