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.
Volleyball Falls to Undefeated Northwest Nazarene
WWU drops tough GNAC match-up to Crusaders in four sets (25-21, 21-25, 20-25, 17-25)
Volleyball Set to Debut at New Carver Gym on Tuesday
Tuesday GNAC match vs. Simon Fraser will be first event on WECU Court at Carver Gym
No. 10 Volleyball Opens GNAC Play With Win over Central
Vikings win fourth straight match to improve to 7-2 overall and 1-0 in GNAC play
10th-Ranked Volleyball Opens GNAC Play on the Road
Vikings travel to play rival Central Washington and undefeated Northwest Nazarene to open GNAC play
Phelps and Buckner Named to West Region Showcase All-Tournament
WWU duo helps nationally-ranked Vikings to a 3-1 records in the 'A' pod of the West Region Showcase
Joslyn Bopray Named GNAC Defensive Player of the Week
Bopray helped lead strong WWU defensive front at West Region Showcase in Alaska
No. 10 Vikings Sweep Chico State in West Region Showcase
Joellee Buckner records double-double with 14 kills and 20 digs
Vikings Cap Perfect Day with 3-1 Win over Concordia-Irvine
Abby Phelps and Arielle Turner lead the way for Vikings with double-doubles
No. 10 Vikings Rally Past No. 11 San Bernardino in Five Sets
Vikings record 17.0 total blocks in 25-19, 20-25, 20-25, 25-15, 15-12 victory
Volleyball Falls in Straight Sets to #24 California Baptist
Vikings fall to 3-2 on the season with loss to open D2 West Region Showcase
No. 10 Volleyball Heads to D2 West Region Showcase
The Vikings will take on three ranked opponents in their four matches in Anchorage
Vikings Outlast Florida Southern in Five-Set Victory
Michaela Hall records career-high 19 kills as Vikings cap Florida trip with 3-1 record
Volleyball Spikes New Haven in Four Sets
Vikings improve to 2-1 on season behind double-doubles from Joellee Buckner, Abby Phelps and Brette Boesel
Volleyball Bounces Back with Dominating Effort
WWU handles Pace 25-9, 25-10, 25-13 to even season record at 1-1
Vikings Drop Season Opener to Top-Ranked Concordia-St. Paul
WWU falls to defending national champion in 22-25, 22-25, 25-27 defeat to open 2017 season