Oct. 25, 2012
MONMOUTH, Ore. - Despite a match-high 20 kills from outside hitter Marlayna Geary (Sr., Tacoma/Bellarmine Prep), nationally ranked Western Washington University was upset by Western Oregon University, 25-22, 25-21, 25-21, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball match Thursday night at the New P.E. Building on the WOU campus.
The loss snapped a seven-match winning streak for the Vikings, ranked a season-high No.12 in this week's American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Coaches' Top 25 Poll. WWU fell to 17-3 overall, but stayed atop the GNAC standings at 10-2. All three Viking losses have come on the road.
Western Oregon improved to 15-5 overall and 8-3 in conference play with its fourth consecutive victory. Danielle Reese had team-highs of 17 kills and 15 digs for the Wolves, who are 9-2 at home this season.
WWU opened the match by jumping to a 7-1 lead in the first set and eventually extending that margin to 10-3. The Wolves chipped away, narrowing the margin to two, 14-12, but the Vikings remained in front at 20-18. At that point, WOU ran off six straight points to take a 24-20 lead, and eventually closed out the frame on a kill by Krissi Kemper.
The Vikings again opened up an early lead in the second set, and held a 17-14 advantage before the Wolves charged back. With the score tied at 20, WOU scored five of the next six points, the first three on blocks.
WOU led the entire third set after scoring the first four points. Three times WWU pulled within a point, the last at 22-21 after back-to-back kills by Geary, but was never able to even the score.
Libero Samantha Hutchinson (So., University Place/Curtis) had a match-high 23 digs for the Vikings, and Geary added 11, giving her 14 double-doubles in kills and digs this season,
WWU is at Saint Martin's for a GNAC counter Saturday (7 p.m.), Oct. 27.
Volleyball 2017 Season in Review
Vikings finished the season ranked No. 7 in the nation going 27-4 and winning GNAC Championship
Abby Phelps Named First Team AVCA All-American
Phelps earns First Team honor, while Brette Boesel and Joellee Buckner named Honorable Mention
Vikings Fall in West Regional Final to Cal State San Bernardino
WWU has 20-match winning streak snapped in 3-0 loss to finish season 27-4
Championship Saturday! Vikings to Play for West Regional Title
WWU Volleyball takes 20-match winning streak into regional final vs. Cal State San Bernardino
Vikings Advance to West Regional Final With 3-1 Win over NNU
Vikings will play in NCAA II West Regional Championship match for the third consecutive season facing Cal State San Bernardino at 7 pm...
Vikings Take On NNU In NCAA West Regional Semifinal
WWU is coming off 3-1 victory over Alaska Anchorage
Volleyball Advances in NCAA Tourney With 3-1 Win Over UAA
Junior outside hitter Abby Phelps records a career-high 28 kills with a .347 hitting percentage to lead WWU
Three Vikings Named AVCA All-West Region
Brette Boesel and Abby Phelps named First Team All-West Region. Joellee Buckner named honorable mention
Boesel and Phelps Named D2CCA First Team All-Region
The Vikings lead the region with two first-team selections in Boesel and Phelps
Volleyball Heads to Sixth Consecutive NCAA Championships
Vikings are ranked No. 5 in the nation and take 18-match winning streak into postseason
Vikings Dominate All-GNAC Volleyball Team
Abby Phelps named GNAC Player of the Year to lead five WWU selections to All-GNAC team
Vikings Announced as No. 2 Seed in NCAA II Championships West Regional
WWU will take 18-match winning streak up against GNAC rival Alaska Anchorage in the first round on Nov. 30
Phelps and Hall Sweep GNAC Volleyball Awards
Abby Phelps named GNAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week and Michaela Hall earns defensive award
Winning Streak Reaches 18 Straight for the Vikings
WWU ends regular season with 3-0 sweep over Central Washington on Senior Night
Vikings Clinch GNAC Championship with Sweep over NNU
Vikings clinch eighth GNAC title with 25-22, 25-21, 25-19 victory over No. 13 Northwest Nazarene