Western faces top competition at Emerald City Classic
Sept. 1, 2005
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - For the second time in less than a week, the Western Washington University volleyball team takes on an opponent ranked in the upper echelon of the American Volleyball Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Preseason Coaches Poll.
Western competes in four matches at the Emerald City Classic on Friday and Saturday at Royal Brougham Pavilion. In its final match on Saturday, the Vikings face University of Nebraska Kearney - the team ranked No.1 in the preseason poll after finishing 40-1 and reaching the national semifinals last year.
Western (3-1 overall) split a pair of matches with No.3-ranked and defending national champion Barry University FL at the Buccaneer Invitational last weekend. The Vikings also defeated Nova Southeastern University FL and Dowling College NY at the tournament.
Western opens the Emerald City Classic with three consecutive matches against schools from the California Collegiate Athletic Association - Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State L.A. on Friday and Chico State University on Saturday.
Marissa Hill, a true freshman outside hitter from North Bend's Mount Si High School, has led the Western attack so far. In four matches, she has 62 kills - good for a 3.88 kills per game average. She received Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors for her performance at the Barry tourney.
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