Oct. 20, 2012
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Outside hitter Marlayna Geary (Sr., Tacoma/Bellarmine Prep) had match-highs of 10 kills and five service aces and moved into second place in school history in career kills as nationally ranked Western Washington University swept Northwest Nazarene University, 25-10, 25-10, 25-16, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball match Saturday night at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
It was the seventh straight win, all of them sweeps, for the Vikings, ranked No.15 in this week's American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Coaches' Top 25 Poll. WWU improved to 17-2 overall and stayed atop the GNAC standings at 10-1.
Northwest Nazarene, which had a kill percentage of minus-.041, fell to 10-12 overall and 3-8 in conference play. Michelle Terpstra had nine kills, nine assists and 13 digs, all team-highs, for the Crusaders, who have lost nine of their last 12 matches following a 7-3 start.
NNU scored the first two points of the match, but the Vikings went on a 15-1 run en route to opening up a 22-5 lead to win the first set.
WWU won the second set in similar fashion, jumping to a 10-2 lead and cruising from there.
The third set was somewhat closer, as the Crusaders held a 6-5 advantage before the Vikings ran off eight straight points, four of them on aces by Geary, to grab a 13-6 advantage. NNU narrowed the gap to three at 16-13 before Western surged to close out the match with nine of the final 12 points.
Middle blocker Kayla Erickson (So., Gig Harbor/Peninsula) had seven kills and four blocks for the Vikings, and libero Samantha Hutchinson (So., University Place/Curtis) had a match-high 24 digs.
Geary completed the match with 1,237 career kills, moving past Gretchen Haakenson (1990-93). The school record of 1,379 is held by Meghan Evoy (2001-04).
It was Geary's 13th double-double in kills and digs this season, as she had 14 digs.
WWU's performance was brightened even further by the return of middle blocker Bailey Jones (Sr., Mukilteo/Kamiak), who saw her first action of the season after recovering from a concussion suffered in the 2011 campaign.
The victory was the 11th straight home win for the Vikings, who are 6-0 at Carver Gym this season. They are 24-1 at home since late in 2009.
WWU has a winning percentage of .902(111-12) at home after going to a SportCourt surface in 2000 and is 226-78 overall (74.3 percent) overall at Carver Gym.