Western closes out regular season with sweep of Saint Martin's, awaits post-season call
Nov. 4, 2006
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Middle blocker Angie Alvord (So., Laurel/Meridian) had match-highs of 15 kills, seven blocks and three service aces as Western Washington University swept Saint Martin's University, 30-23, 30-17, 30-21, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball match Saturday on Haggen Court at Sam Carver Gymnasium.
It was the regular-season final for Western, which improved to 18-6 overall and placed second in the GNAC at 14-2. The Vikings, who won 16 of their last 18 matches, were ranked No.6 in the latest NCAA Division II Pacific Region rating. The top eight teams, which will be announced Sunday (5 p.m.), advance to the Pacific Regional on Nov. 9-11 at the site of the No.1 seed.
"I'm really proud of our team and the way we played our conference season," said Western coach Diane Flick. "Tonight was a night to celebrate that. We played relaxed and enjoyed the moment for what it was."
Saint Martin's, which lost its last 12 matches, ended its season 1-19 overall and 1-15 in league action. Freshman outside hitter Shealun Campisi led the Saints with nine kills.
Outside hitter Emily Castro (Jr., Bellingham/Meridian) and middle blocker Tiana Roma (So., Edmonds/Edmonds-Woodway) each had 12 kills for Western, with Roma, who also had five blocks, notching seven kills on 10 attempts in the second game.
Alvord had seven kills in eight attempts in the opening game, which the Vikings never trailed, leading by at least five points from the midway point on. In the second game, Saint Martin's took an 8-6 lead, but Western ran off six straight points, including two aces by Alvord, and then pulled away, closing the game with a 13-4 run.
Western was never threatened in the final game, jumping to an 8-3 lead and leading comfortably from that point on.
The Vikings are 64-5 on their home court since 2000, going 7-1 this season.
Western libero Courtney Schneider (Jr., Snohomish), who is the national leader in digs per game (7.71), had a match-high 18 digs, putting her within 11 of the GNAC and school record of 649 she set last season. In Thursday's loss to No.12 SPU, Schneider broke the school and league marks for digs in a match with 49.
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