Nov. 10, 2011
ELLENSBURG, Wash. - Outside hitter Marlayna Geary (Jr., Tacoma/Bellarmine Prep) had a match-high 27 kills, two shy of her career-high, but it wasn't enough as Western Washington University fell to Central Washington University, 25-18, 25-20, 9-25, 25-19, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball match Thursday at Nicholson Pavilion on the CWU campus.
The Vikings, who had a four-match winning streak snapped, fell to 15-6 overall and into third-place in the GNAC standings at 13-4.
Central, which improved to 14-11 overall and 8-9 in conference play, was led by Jordan Offutt with 19 kills. Kaely Kight had 18 digs for the Wildcats.
"Basically, we didn't seem prepared to play," said WWU head coach Diane Flick (12th year). "But the bright point was Geary, who carried us as far as she could."
Central used a 7-1 run that featured four straight kills by Offutt to take a 19-12 lead in the opening set. The Vikings never got closer than five after that. Offutt had nine kills in the frame.
In the second set, WWU rallied from five-point 16-11 deficit to get within one, 20-19, before the Wildcats scored five of the last six points.
The Vikings dominated the third set, scoring the first six points and winning by 16 as Geary had eight kills.
Central went out to an 8-3 lead in the fourth set and led by six points at 18-12. WWU scored four straight points to cut the advantage to two, but that was as close as it would get as the Wildcats closed out the match.
Geary finished with an attack percentage of .373, having just eight errors in 51 attempts.
WWU libero Samantha Hutchinson (R-Fr., University Place/Curtis) had a match-high 19 digs and defensive specialist Haleigh Adkins (Sr., Puyallup/Rogers) added 12. Setter Laurie Yearout (Jr., Spokane/Lewis & Clark) had 48 assists, seven digs and three blocks; and middle blocker Emily Jepsen (Sr., Kennewick/Kamiakin) had nine kills and three blocks.
The Vikings never led in three of the sets, and were tied just twice.
WWU ends its season Saturday (7 p.m.) with a GNAC counter at Northwest Nazarene.
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