Nov. 5, 2011
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Senior middle blocker Emily Jepsen (Kennewick/Kamiakin) had a match-high 18 kills, the third-highest total of her career, and a .593 attack percentage as Western Washington University swept Montana State University Billings, 25-16, 25-23, 25-20, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball match Saturday at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
Outside hitter Marlayna Geary (Jr., Tacoma/Bellarmine Prep) had 11 kills and 15 digs for the Vikings, who improved to 15-5 overall and are tied for second-place in the GNAC standings at 13-3 with Alaska Anchorage. It was the 12th double-double of the season for Geary.
MSUB fell to 11-15 overall and 5-12 in the GNAC. Outside hitter Monica Grimsrud had 16 kills and 15 digs for the Yellowjackets, who had a two-match winning streak snapped
WWU, which won its fourth straight match, took quick control of the opening set, running off seven straight points to grab a 9-3 lead and giving up consecutive points just once the rest of the frame. Jepsen had five kills in the set, including the set-winner.
The second set was the tightest of the match. WWU never trailed, but the score was tied five times, the final one at 21-21, before Geary had three kills in a 4-2 run to close out the frame. Geary, Jepsen and opposite hitter Breanne Graham (Sr., Vancouver/Hockinson) each had five kills in the set.
MSUB jumped to 3-0 lead in the third set, but WWU used a 5-1 run to break away from an 11-11 tie and maintained the margin the rest of the way.
The match was the last at home for three Viking seniors - Geary, Graham and defensive specialist Haleigh Adkins (Puyallup/Rogers), who had 15 digs.
WWU finished 8-1 at home this season, the lone setback being to Alaska Anchorage on Sept. 24. The Vikings have lost just 12 times in 117 matches, a winning percentage of .897, at Carver Gym since Diane Flick became head coach in 2000 and WWU went to a SportCourt surface.
The Vikings also remained perfect in 13 matches with MSUB, having swept the last 11.
WWU ends its regular season with two GNAC road matches, traveling to Central Washington on Thursday (7 p.m.) and to Northwest Nazarene on Saturday (7 p.m.).