Oct. 10, 2013
LACEY, Wash. - Rachel Roeder (So., Sammamish/Issaquah) had a match-high 11 kills with no errors for a .611 kill percentage and three block solos as Western Washington University swept Saint Martin's University 25-18, 25-21, 25-18, on Thursday in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball match at Marcus Pavilion on the SMU campus.
The Vikings, ranked No.7 in this week's American Volleyball Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, improved to 12-1 overall and 5-0 in league action with their fifth straight win. The sweep was their 11th of the season.
Saint Martin's fell to 5-13 overall and is 1-5 in conference play. Brooke Good led the Saints with nine kills and Kaitlyn Ross contributed eight kills and a match-high 13 digs.
"It was a bit of a struggle," said WWU coach Diane Flick (14th year, 285-75). "Winning on the road is hard, but we did a great job of keeping our composure."
WWU's Kayla Erickson (Jr., Gig Harbor/Peninsula) had 10 kills and a match-best five blocks. Kelsey Moore (Jr., Bellevue/Newport) added nine kills and Emily Boerger (Sr., Marysville/Marysville-Pilchuck) had seven.
It was the Vikings' 29th straight victory over SMU, their last loss coming in 1998. WWU holds a 50-5 series advantage.
WWU used a 9-4 run to break open the first game and its biggest lead in the second game was just five points, 19-14. The Vikings got out to a 16-9 lead in game three and maintained that margin in closing out the match.
The Vikings continue their road trip, traveling to Western Oregon for a GNAC counter on Saturday, Oct. 12 (7 p.m.).
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