Western outlasts Alaska Anchorage, 3 games to 2
Oct. 30, 2004
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Middle blocker Meghan Evoy (Sr., Olympia/Capital) had a match-high 23 kills, including three in a decisive run to win game five, as Western Washington University defeated University of Alaska Anchorage, 30-27, 27-30, 30-26, 28-30, 15-10, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball match Friday at the Wells Fargo Sports Center.
The Vikings, who had lost three of their previous four matches, improved to 13-7 overall and 9-4 in GNAC play. It was Western's ninth straight win over the Seawolves.
Alaska Anchorage, which lost for the 10th time in its last 12 matches after an 8-2 start, fell to 10-12 overall and 4-10 in league action. The Seawolves were led by Jenny Mitchell with 17 kills and 16 digs, and Diana Gordon with 10 kills and a match-high 36 digs.
Western scored the first five points in game five, only to have UAA battle back to tie it at 8-all. Led by Evoy, the Vikings scored seven of the last eight points to end the match.
"We had a nice run at the beginning of game five, and a nice run to end it," said Western coach Diane Flick. "We did a good job of fighting to the end, and didn't give up when we easily could have."
Western middle blocker Kristy Carstensen (Sr., Puyallup) had 21 kills, outside hitter Brianna Murray (Sr., Everett/Cascade) 14 kills and 23 digs, outside hitter Jaime Anderson (R-Fr., SeaTac/Mount Rainier) 11 kills and 14 digs, and libero Courtney Schneider (Fr., Snohomish) 32 digs. Evoy and Anderson also had a match-high four blocks each.
"Jaime (Anderson) really picked it up at the end of the match," Flick said. "When we really needed her in the fifth game, she was there."
In the Vikings' first game win, Lindsey Signer (R-Fr., Stanwood) had three kills during a 7-1 run that gave them a 28-23 lead. In game three, they scored four straight points for a 24-21 advantage and held on with Evoy scoring the last two points on a block and kill.
After UAA got out to a 10-1 lead in game four, Western battled back to within one, 29-28, before the Seawolves' Diane Gordon ended it with a kill, setting up game five.
Western had a .247 attack percentage to UAA's .194.
The Vikings are at Alaska Fairbanks on Saturday for a GNAC match.
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