Oct. 24, 2013
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Middle blocker Kayla Erickson (Jr., Gig Harbor) had a career-high 23 kills and Kelsey Moore (Jr., Bellevue/Newport) tied her career high with 16, but it was not enough as Western Washington University fell 27-25, 18-25, 25-22, 25-23, to Seattle Pacific University on Thursday in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball match at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
The Vikings, ranked No.8 in this week's American Volleyball Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, fell to 14-3 overall and 7-2 in the GNAC play.
Seattle Pacific improved to 10-8 overall and 6-4 in conference play. The Falcons were led by Madi Cavell with 22 kills and 15 digs, and Nikki Lowell and Lexi Biondi each with 13 kills.
The loss was the second straight for WWU, which won 14 of its first 15 matches. The back-to-back home setbacks were the first since 1999 for the Vikings, who lost in five games to Alaska Anchorage last Saturday.
Trailing 14-11 in the first game, WWU scored three straight points to tie it and from there neither team led by more than two. The Vikings averted two winning points with kills by Moore and Emily Boerger (Sr., Marysville/Marysville-Pilchuck), but with the score tied at 25, Lowell and Cavelli won it for SPU with consecutive kills.
Trailing 10-9 in game two, WWU scored six consecutive points to take a 15-10 advantage and after that never led by less than four in tying the match at 1-1.
The third game was tied at 12-12 when SPU pulled ahead with five straight points and the Vikings led 22-20 in the fourth game before the Falcons rallied to score five of the last six points.
WWU libero Samantha Hutchinson (Jr., University Place/Curtis) had a match-high 31 digs as she moved into third-place among WWU career leaders with 1,444.
Erickson, who is on GNAC record-breaking pace for season hitting at .428, had a .457 attack percentage with just two errors in 46 attempts against the Falcons.
The Vikings host Montana State Billings on Saturday, Oct.26 (7 p.m.) in a GNAC contest.