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.
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