LACEY, Wash. -- The No. 8-ranked Western Washington University volleyball team extended its winning streak to 16 consecutive matches with three-game road sweep over Saint Martin's Saturday evening in Great Northwest Athletic Conference action at Marcus Pavilion.
Game scores were 25-10, 25-17, 28-26 in favor of the Vikings, who have dropped only five sets during the 16-match winning streak.
The Vikings improved to 23-3 overall and remain in first place in the GNAC at 17-1 heading into the final week of conference play. WWU will host second-place Northwest Nazarene (24-2 overall, 16-2 GNAC) on Thursday night and third-place Central Washington (19-7, 14-4 GNAC) on Saturday in matches that will decide the regular-season conference champion. Both matches start at 7 pm on WECU Court at Carver Gym.
"I think we did a good job on the overall part of the game...we hit well, we blocked and for the most part we played good defense," said head coach Diane Flick-Williams. "Saint Martin's did a good job of picking up some of our blocks and were really scrappy. It was a good overall team performance for us tonight, on the road, with everyone contributing."
Junior outside hitter Abby Phelps (Manson, WA/Chelan) led the Vikings with her league-leading 20th double-double of the season, registering 17 kills on a .485 hitting percentage and 19 digs.
Junior middle blocker Michaela Hall (Centralia, WA) added 9 kills and 5 blocks, and sophomore middle blocker Joslyn Bopray (Spokane, WA/Lewis & Clark) had 5 kills and a match-high 8 blocks.
"Our middles, Joslyn and Michaela, really set the tone tonight and were our anchors," added Flick-Williams. "They got us going with the block and did a nice job on offense as well."
Junior setter Brette Boesel (Brewster, WA) led all players with 40 assists, inching closer to the GNAC lead averaging 11.51 assists per set for the season. Senior outside hitter Arielle Turner (Leavenworth, WA/Cascade) had 8 kills on an efficient .318 hitting percentage, and set a career high with 7 blocks.
Saint Martin's drops to 9-17 overall and 4-14 with the loss. Rebecca Mitchell led the Saints with a match-high 18 kills and Nicolette Nesbitt recorded 29 assists and 14 digs.
"We are excited to get back home, and to get back to work to prepare for the big matches coming up," added Flick-Williams. "This is why you play all season, to have marquee matches at the end of the season. We are excited for the challenge that is ahead of us and looking forward to playing in front of our home crowd."
The Vikings out-blocked the Saints 14.0 to 3.0, recording the third-most blocks in a three-set match in program history during the rally-scoring era. WWU set the three-game record earlier this season with 16.0 blocks at Simon Fraser. WWU also had sizeable advantages in hitting percentage (.336 to .134) and in digs (66-58).
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