Nov. 14, 2013
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -
Middle blocker Emily Boerger (Sr., Marysville/Marysville-Pilchuck) had 11 kills with just one error in 16 attempts for a .625 attack percentage and added a match-high six blocks as nationally ranked Western Washington University took over sole possession of first place by rallying to defeat University of Alaska Anchorage, 22-25, 25-17, 25-15, 25-15, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball match at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex on the UAA campus.
The Vikings, ranked No.10 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, improved to 20-3 overall with their sixth straight win and are now all alone atop the conference standings at 13-2.
UAA had a three-match winning streak snapped as it fell to 18-9 overall and 12-3 in conference play.
The 20-win season is the ninth for WWU head coach Diane Flick, who is in her 14th season (293-77).
"This was as good of a team effort as we could have had," said Flick. "Everyone contributed. I'm so proud of each of these guys. This was a great team that we beat."
Outside hitter Kayla Erickson (Jr., Gig Harbor/Peninsula) led WWU with 13 kills on .400 hitting and Rachel Roeder (So., Sammamish/Issaquah) had 12 kills. Erickson also had five blocks.
Libero Samantha Hutchinson (Jr., University Place/Curtis) had 27 digs for the Vikings and setter Taylor Dillard (Jr., Milton/Fife) had 48 assists. Both were match bests.
The Seawolves broke a 22-22 tie with three straight points to take the first set that featured 13 ties. WWU knotted the match with a second-set win, finishing with a 9-3 run and scoring the last three points on kills by Kelsey Moore (Jr., Bellevue/Newport), Jennica McPherson (So., Seattle/Kennedy) and Boerger.
The Vikings dominated the last two sets, trailing just once at 1-0 in the fourth set. They went out to a 16-6 lead in the third set and Hutchinson ended the match with an ace.
UAA got a match-high 20 kills from Katelyn Zanders and Brooke Pottle had a double-double for the Seawolves with 16 kills and 12 digs.
Earlier this season, UAA had snapped a 17-match WWU home court winning streak with a five-game victory.
The Vikings travel to Alaska Fairbanks on Saturday, Nov. 16 (7 p.m.), for a GNAC contest.