Nov. 12, 2011
NAMPA, Id. -
Senior middle blocker Emily Jepsen (Kennewick/Kamiakin), playing in the final match of her outstanding four-year collegiate career, had a match-high 19 kills with a .417 attack percentage as Western Washington University ended its season with a 25-20, 19-25, 25-18, 25-12, victory over Northwest Nazarene University in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball match Saturday at the Johnson Sports Center on the NNU campus.
The Vikings finished their season 16-6 overall and tied for second-place in GNAC play at 14-4. They also got 16 kills from outside hitter Kelsey Moore (R-Fr., Bellevue/Newport) and outside hitter Marlayna Geary (Jr., Tacoma/Bellarmine Prep) posted her 13th double-double of the year with 13 kills and 12 digs.
NNU ended its campaign 17-8 overall and 12-6 in conference action. The Crusaders, who suffered just their third home loss in 11 matches, were led by Haley Abbott with 13 kills and five blocks.
"I was super happy for our seniors and it was nice to see Emily (Jepsen) finish with a bang," said WWU head coach Diane Flick (12th year). "We wish that we could have done better, but it was a great way to conclude the season."
The match was the last for three Viking seniors - defensive specialist Haleigh Adkins (Sr., Puyallup/Rogers), opposite-side hitter Breanne Graham (Vancouver/Hockinson) and Jepsen.
Jepsen hit .724 in the fourth and final set, having eight kills with no errors in 11 attempts. She finished her career 14th in kills with 899 and 10th in blocks with 320.
WWU trailed for most of the first set and was behind 20-18 before scoring seven of the last nine points. Ahead by one, 23-22, the Vikings finished it off with kills by Moore and Jepsen.
NNU scored six of the first seven points and never trailed in set two. After WWU got within three, 20-17, the Crusaders ended it with a 5-2 run.
WWU never trailed in the third set, its biggest lead being 12 points, 21-9.
In the fourth set, Jepsen had five kills as the Vikings went out to a 15-3 lead and NNU never got closer than 11 after that. The last three WWU points were Jepsen kills.
WWU libero Samantha Hutchinson (R-Fr., University Place/Curtis) had a match-high 28 digs, and setter Laurie Yearout (Jr., Spokane/Lewis & Clark) had 50 assists, 13 digs, three kills, one block and one service ace.
The Vikings' Emily Boerger (So., Marysville/Marysville-Pilchuck) tied for match-high honors with five blocks and Graham had four.