Western gets first win at Seattle Pacific since 2003

Courtney Schneider

Nov. 1, 2007

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SEATTLE, Wash. - Outside hitter Jaime Anderson (Sr., SeaTac/Mount Rainier) and libero Courtney Schneider (Sr., Snohomish) posted respective match-highs of 17 kills and 36 digs as Western Washington University defeated Seattle Pacific University,30-23, 29-31, 30-20, 30-28, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball contest Thursday at Royal Brougham Pavilion.

The Vikings, ranked No.2 in the NCAA Division II Pacific Region, improved to 18-4 overall and stayed atop the GNAC at 14-1 with their 13th straight victory. Western had dropped the last three road matches with the Falcons, last winning in 2003.

Seattle Pacific, which fell to 13-10 overall and 8-7 in league play, had a four-match winning streak snapped. Alyssa Given led the Falcons with 15 kills and 16 digs.

"It's always a tough battle at Seattle Pacific and I was proud of how my team kept coming back," said Western coach Diane Flick.

Outside hitter Emily Castro (Sr., Bellingham/Meridian) had 13 kills and 18 digs for the Vikings, who also got match highs of six blocks and four service aces from middle blocker Angie Alvord (Jr., Lynden/Meridian).

Anderson also had 14 digs and four blocks, and middle blocker Tiana Roma (Jr., Edmonds/Edmonds-Woodway) had 10 kills.

Western led 15-7 in game one and did not allow the Falcons to get closer than five after that. In game two, the Vikings fought back for a 29-all tie before Seattle Pacific got two kills to even the match.

Leading by just one point, 13-12, in game three, Western scored 17 of the next 25 points. Neither team led by more than four points in game four, the Vikings closing it out with a kill by Castro.

Western had a .237 hitting percentage and held the Falcons to .107.

Schneider, who leads the nation in digs per game at 7.60, upped her school and GNAC career-record total to 2,437, which ranks sixth all-time in NCAA II.

Her career per game average of 6.90 is national-record pace, well ahead of the current standard (6.06). Schneider was the national digs leader in 2006 and placed fourth in 2005.

Western next travels to Northwest Nazarene University on Saturday, Nov. 3 (6:30 p.m.) for a GNAC counter.