July 14, 2014
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - The Western Washington University volleyball team begins a 10-match home slate on Sept. 9 against Hawaii Pacific. The contest will take place at Squalicum High School because of a conflict with Viking Night, WWU's biggest fund-raising event of the year.
The Vikings, who return every starter but one from a 23-4 team that reached the first round of the NCAA Division II West Regional, face the Sea Warriors in between two season-opening tournaments. They compete in the Central Washington Invitational on Sept. 4-6, meeting Sonoma State, Cal State Stanislaus, UC San Diego and Cal State San Bernardino, and then the Great Northwest Athletic Conference/Pacific West Conference Crossover on Sept. 11-13, going against Cal Baptist, Azusa Pacific, Dixie State and Point Loma.
WWU opens defense of its GNAC title with three home matches at Sam Carver Gymnasium, meeting Alaska Anchorage on Sept. 16, Alaska Fairbanks on Sept. 18 and Simon Fraser on Sept. 20.
The Vikings host Central Washington on Oct. 2, Northwest Nazarene on Oct. 4, Montana State Billings on Oct. 23, Seattle Pacific on Oct. 25, Saint Martin's on Nov. 6 and Alaska Anchorage on Nov. 15.
Completing WWU's schedule are league road contests at Seattle Pacific on Sept. 25, Montana State Billings on Sept. 27, Western Oregon on Oct. 9, Saint Martin's on Oct. 11, Simon Fraser on Oct. 18, Northwest Nazarene on Oct. 30, Central Washington on Nov. 1, Alaska Fairbanks on Nov. 13 and Alaska Anchorage on Nov. 15.
WWU head coach Diane Flick (15th year, 296-78), an eight-time GNAC Coach of the Year, enters the season just four shy of career win No.300.
Leading the Vikings are middle blocker Kayla Erickson (Sr., Gig Harbor/Peninsula), a second-team Daktronics All-American and the 2013 GNAC Player of the Year, and libero Samantha Hutchinson (Sr., University Place/Curtis), a first-team American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American and two-time GNAC Defensive Player of the Year.
Vikings Dominate All-GNAC Volleyball Team
Abby Phelps named GNAC Player of the Year to lead five WWU selections to All-GNAC team
Vikings Announced as No. 2 Seed in NCAA II Championships West Regional
WWU will take 18-match winning streak up against GNAC rival Alaska Anchorage in the first round on Nov. 30
Phelps and Hall Sweep GNAC Volleyball Awards
Abby Phelps named GNAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week and Michaela Hall earns defensive award
Winning Streak Reaches 18 Straight for the Vikings
WWU ends regular season with 3-0 sweep over Central Washington on Senior Night
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