Vikings host WWU Invitational
Aug. 28, 2007
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - For just the second time in nearly 28 years, Western Washington University is playing host to a regular-season tournament as the Viking Invitational takes place this weekend on Haggen Court at Sam Carver Gymnasium.
Competing in the seven-team, 12-match tourney, which begins at 9 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday, are Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State San Bernardino, Saint Martin's, Seattle U., Western Oregon and the Vikings.
The first time Western held a regular-season tournament was in 2002 when it won two of three matches, the lone loss being to No.7-ranked Brigham Young-Hawaii. Prior to that, the Vikings had not hosted a regular-season tourney since 1979.
Western, ranked No.23 in the CSTV American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II Preseason Top 25 Poll, opened the season by splitting four matches at the Tampa Invitational last week. The Vikings ended that tourney with a 3-2 win over NAIA powerhouse California Baptist. They debuted with a 3-1 win over Findlay OH, 3-1, but lost twice the next day, 3-2 to Colorado-Colorado Springs and 3-0 to No.1-rated and defending NCAA II champion Tampa.
On Friday, Western meets Cal Poly Pomona (3-0) at 1 p.m. and Cal State Dominguez Hills (0-4) at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the Vikings close out the tourney against No.3-ranked and defending California Collegiate Athletic Association champion Cal State San Bernardino (4-0) at 7 p.m.
Outside hitter Jaime Anderson (Sr., SeaTac/Mount Rainier) leads Western in kills (69, 4.06) and service aces (11). Middle blocker Angie Alvord (Jr., Laurel/Meridian) has a team-high 22 blocks (1.29) and All-America libero Courtney Schneider (Sr., Snohomish) sets the pace in digs with 92 (5.41). Schneider's career dig total stands at 1,936, 72 short of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference record.
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