Nov. 16, 2013
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Opposite-side hitter Jennica McPherson (So., Seattle/Kennedy) had 13 kills with no errors on 23 attempts for a .565 attack percentage as nationally ranked Western Washington University swept its road trip to Alaska with a 25-10, 25-19, 25-19 victory over University of Alaska Fairbanks in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball match at the Patty Center on the UAF campus.
The Vikings, ranked No.10 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, improved to 21-3 overall and are alone atop the conference standings at 14-2. They hit .467 as a team and had just three attack errors.
It is the third time this season that WWU has won seven straight matches.
UAF dropped to 4-23 overall and 3-13 in GNAC action. The Nanooks got a match-high 19 kills from Sam Harthun. She entered the match ranked 10th nationally in kills.
"To have that high of a kill percentage with just three errors is unreal," said WWU head coach Diane Flick (14th year, 294-77), whose Vikings beat Alaska Anchorage in four games on Thursday. "It was a great weekend to beat both those teams."
Kelsey Moore (Jr., Bellevue/Newport) had 11 kills for WWU and Emily Boerger (Sr., Marysville/Marysville-Pilchuck) added a match-high six block assists. Kayla Erickson (Jr., Gig Harbor/Peninsula) contributed eight kills and three blocks, and setter Taylor Dillard (Jr., Milton/Fife) had a match-high 33 assists along with four kills, five digs and three block assists.
Trailing 6-4 in the first set, the Vikings finished it with a 21-4 run. They used a 12-3 run for a 14-6 advantage in set two as UAF got no closer than four after that. Behind 15-14 in the third set, WWU closed out the match with an 11-4 run.
The left-handed McPherson had key kills at the end of both the second and third sets.
The victory was the 10th straight for WWU over the Nanooks. The Vikings hold a 36-6 series advantage.
WWU, ranked No.5 in the latest West Region Poll, closes out its regular season with two GNAC matches against Simon Fraser, the first one Thursday, Nov. 21 (7 p.m.) at Burnaby, B.C., and the second on Saturday, Nov. 23 (7 p.m.), at Bellingham.
One more victory will clinch a tie for the Vikings for their second straight GNAC title and seventh overall.
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