Nov. 17, 2012
BILLINGS, Mont. - Outside hitter Kelsey Moore (So., Bellevue/Newport) had a team-high 16 kills and three blocks as Western Washington University defeated Montana State University Billings, 25-16, 25-20, 20-25, 25-20, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball match Saturday night at Alterowitz Gymnasium on the MSUB campus.
The Vikings, ranked No.15 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Coaches' Top 25 Poll, ended their regular season at 23-3 overall and finished first in the GNAC standings at 16-2. By winning the league title, they earned an automatic berth in the West Regional.
The site and pairings for the regional, which takes place on Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 1, will be announced Sunday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.
MSUB, who finished 11-15 overall and 8-10 in conference play, was led by Monica Grimsrud with a match-high 19 kills and 13 digs. The Orediggers have never beaten WWU in 15 series meetings.
"We had a good balanced attack, so that helps when you can spread things out," said WWU coach Diane Flick (13th year, 271-72). "And our defense did a good job of digging out some balls."
Moore, who matched her career-high kill total, had five errors in 49 attempts for a .224 hitting percentage.
"Kelsey did a good job of putting it in the spots that she's most comfortable with," Flick said.
Outside hitter Marlayna Geary (Tacoma/Bellarmine Prep) had another double-double, her league-leading 17th of the season, with 12 kills and 20 digs. She now has 1,328 career kills with the school record being 1,379 set by Meghan Evoy (2001-04). Middle blocker Kayla Erickson (So., Gig Harbor/Peninsula) had 10 kills and a match-high seven blocks.
WWU scored the last four points in winning the first set and finished the second set with a 6-3 run. The Vikings fell behind 17-10 in losing the third set. They went out to an 18-10 advantage in set four and never led by less than four after that in closing out the match.
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