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."
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.
No. 13 Vikings Open New Carver With 3-1 Win over Simon Fraser
Vikings feed off energy of crowd of 1,289 in return to campus on WECU Court
Volleyball Opens New Carver Gym on Tuesday
Vikings host Simon Fraser at 7 pm in first official competition on WECU Court at Carver Gym
Volleyball Falls to Undefeated Northwest Nazarene
WWU drops tough GNAC match-up to Crusaders in four sets (25-21, 21-25, 20-25, 17-25)
Volleyball Set to Debut at New Carver Gym on Tuesday
Tuesday GNAC match vs. Simon Fraser will be first event on WECU Court at Carver Gym
No. 10 Volleyball Opens GNAC Play With Win over Central
Vikings win fourth straight match to improve to 7-2 overall and 1-0 in GNAC play
10th-Ranked Volleyball Opens GNAC Play on the Road
Vikings travel to play rival Central Washington and undefeated Northwest Nazarene to open GNAC play
Phelps and Buckner Named to West Region Showcase All-Tournament
WWU duo helps nationally-ranked Vikings to a 3-1 records in the 'A' pod of the West Region Showcase
Joslyn Bopray Named GNAC Defensive Player of the Week
Bopray helped lead strong WWU defensive front at West Region Showcase in Alaska
No. 10 Vikings Sweep Chico State in West Region Showcase
Joellee Buckner records double-double with 14 kills and 20 digs
Vikings Cap Perfect Day with 3-1 Win over Concordia-Irvine
Abby Phelps and Arielle Turner lead the way for Vikings with double-doubles
No. 10 Vikings Rally Past No. 11 San Bernardino in Five Sets
Vikings record 17.0 total blocks in 25-19, 20-25, 20-25, 25-15, 15-12 victory
Volleyball Falls in Straight Sets to #24 California Baptist
Vikings fall to 3-2 on the season with loss to open D2 West Region Showcase
No. 10 Volleyball Heads to D2 West Region Showcase
The Vikings will take on three ranked opponents in their four matches in Anchorage
Vikings Outlast Florida Southern in Five-Set Victory
Michaela Hall records career-high 19 kills as Vikings cap Florida trip with 3-1 record
Volleyball Spikes New Haven in Four Sets
Vikings improve to 2-1 on season behind double-doubles from Joellee Buckner, Abby Phelps and Brette Boesel