Oct. 31, 2013
ELLENSBURG, Wash. -
Western Washington University had three players with double-figure kills and libero Samantha Hutchinson (Jr., University Place/Curtis) had a match-high 33 digs as the Vikings defeated Central Washington University, 25-23, 24-18, 14-25, 25-16, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball match on Thursday, Oct. 31, at Nicholson Pavilion on the CWU campus.
The Vikings, ranked No.10 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, improved to 16-3 overall and remained second in the GNAC standings at 9-2 behind Alaska Anchorage, 10-2 following a sweep at Saint Martin's.
Central, which had a five-match winning streak snapped, fell to 11-9 overall and 7-5 in league action. WWU also ended a two-match losing streak at Ellensburg. Earlier this season, the Vikings swept Central at Bellingham.
"This was a nice way to start this road trip and a nice to start it off the way that we played," said WWU head coach Diane Flick (14th year, 289-77).
"Central is really a good team that can attack you from many different angles and we did a pretty good job of being able to see what's going on across the net and reacting to it, which is something we've been working on."
WWU's Kayla Erickson (Jr., Gig Harbor) had a match-high 13 kills and Kelsey Moore (Jr., Bellevue/Newport) and Rachel Roeder (So., Sammamish/Issaquah) each had 12.
Setter Taylor Dillard (Jr., Milton/Fife) added a match-high 45 assists and 11 digs for the Vikings.
After 17 ties and four lead changes in game one, WWU trailed 23-21, but came back to score four straight points for the win. The Vikings went out to a 15-8 lead in game two and after Central closed to within four, scored four of the next five points to take a 2-0 lead.
In game three, WWU fell behind early, got back to within 11-10 after four straight points, but were outscored 14-4 as Central averted the sweep.
WWU dominated game four in getting the victory, Roeder having three straight kills during one stretch.
The Vikings are at Northwest Nazarene on Saturday, Nov. 2 (7 p.m.), for a GNAC contest.