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.
Vikings Clinch GNAC Championship with Sweep over NNU
Vikings clinch eighth GNAC title with 25-22, 25-21, 25-19 victory over No. 13 Northwest Nazarene
No. 5 Volleyball Eyes GNAC Title With Key Home Matches
Vikings take 16-match winning streak into home tilts vs. NNU and CWU
WWU Volleyball Moves into National Top 5
Vikings jump three spots to No. 5 in AVCA Division II top 25 with current 16-match winning streak
Phelps and Buckner Sweep GNAC Weekly Awards
Abby Phelps named GNAC Offensive Player of the Week and Aubrey Buckner earned defensive award
Volleyball Extends Winning Streak to 16 Straight With 3-0 Win at SMU
Vikings defeat Saint Martin's to win 16th straight match to set up big finish to regular season
Six Vikings Named to GNAC Academic Team
Kristina Tribley named to team for third consecutive year. Abby Phelps and Michaela Hall are repeat selections
No.8 Vikings Go The Distance To Extend Winning Streak
Vikings win 15th straight match in thrilling 3-2 victory at Seattle Pacific
No. 8 Vikings Hit the Road at SPU and Saint Martin's
Vikings take 14-match winning streak into final four matches of the regular season
Joellee Buckner Earns Third GNAC Weekly Honor
Senior named GNAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week along with Madi Farrell of NNU
No. 8 Vikings Sweep Alaska For 14th Straight Win
Vikings remain in first place in the GNAC with four regular-season matches remaining
Abby Phelps Joins Exclusive 1,000-Kill Club
WWU junior outside hitter is just the fourth player in program history with 1,000 kills and digs in a career
Vikings Extend Winning Streak with 3-1 Win Over UAA
Abby Phelps joins 1,000-kill, 1,000-dig club with 19-kill, 25-dig double-double
No. 8 Vikings Host Alaska Schools in Key GNAC Matches
Vikings take 12-match winning streak into Thursday's rivalry match vs. Alaska Anchorage
Abby Phelps Named GNAC Defensive Player of the Week
Phelps averaged 6.00 digs, 1.00 blocks and 4.17 kills per set in pair of WWU sweeps
No. 8 Volleyball Records Three-Game Sweep at Concordia
Abby Phelps leads the way with a 17-kill, 23-dig double-double