WWU sweeps road trip with victory at Northwest Nazarene

WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM Jennica McPherson and Taylor Dillard
Jennica McPherson and Taylor Dillard

Nov. 2, 2013

Box Score

NAMPA, Id. - Opposite-side hitter Jennica McPherson (So., Seattle/Kennedy) had a match-high 10 kills and 11 digs as Western Washington University completed a sweep of a tough two-match road trip with a, 25-21, 25-20, 25-18, victory over Northwest Nazarene University in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball match on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Johnson Sports Center on the NNU campus.

The Vikings, ranked No.10 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, improved to 17-3 overall and second in the GNAC standings at 10-2. They began the junket Thursday with a 3-1 triumph at Central Washington.

NNU, which had a three-match winning streak snapped with just its second loss in the last eight matches, fe1l to 13-6 overall and 9-4 in GNAC play. Jenna Caywood led the Crusaders with nine kills.

"This was an important road trip for us and we did a good job of not only taking the wins but also playing well," said WWU head coach Diane Flick (14th year, 290-77). "I was most pleased by how we played."

"Tonight we were in a workman mode, not letting errors bother us, focusing on the next point, having a balanced attack and staying energized."

The win was WWU's ninth straight over the Crusaders.

McPherson had four kills in a 9-2 run that the Vikings used to close out game three and the match after it was tied for the 11th time at 16-16.

Kayla Erickson (Jr., Gig Harbor) had eight kills and a match-high five blocks for WWU. Kelsey Moore (Jr., Bellevue/Newport) and Emily Boerger (Sr., Marysville/Marysville-Pilchuck each had seven kills

Libero Samantha Hutchinson (Jr., University Place/Curtis) had 18 digs and setter Taylor Dillard (Jr., Milton/Fife) contributed 33 assists for Vikings, both match bests.

WWU used a 7-2 run to take a 17-11 lead in game one, ending it with a Moore kill and an attack error by NNU.

A run of five straight points gave the Vikings a 15-11 advantage in game two, Erickson finishing it with two kills.

WWU held the Crusaders to a .046 hitting percentage.

The Vikings host Western Oregon on Thursday, Nov. 7 (7 p.m.), in a GNAC contest at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU camus.