WWU home at last, hosts Northwest Nazarene and Central Washington
Sept. 30, 2013
BELLINGHAM, Wash. --- Home at last.
After opening the season with 10 road matches, the nationally top 10 ranked Western Washington University volleyball team entertains Northwest Nazarene on Thursday, Oct. 3 (7 p.m.), and Central Washington on Saturday, Oct. 5 (7 p.m.), in a pair of Great Northwest Athletic Conference matches at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
The Vikings, who moved up two spots to No.9 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, are 9-1 overall and 2-0 in GNAC action after opening league play last week on the road with sweeps of Montana State Billings and Seattle Pacific.
WWU libero Samantha Hutchinson (Jr., University Place/Curtis) was named GNAC Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks. In the wins over MSUB and SPU, she averaged 9.00 digs in six sets as WWU held the opposition to a .099 hitting percentage.
Hutchinson, who was a second-team American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American last fall, ranks No.2 nationally among dig leaders with a 7.00 average. Last year, she finished No.5 in the country, averaging 6.41.
WWU ranks No.6 nationally in attack percentage (.303), No.12 in average kills per set (14.25) and No.14 in assists per set (13.06).
The Vikings have four players rated among the top 10 national leaders. Middle blockers Kayla Erickson (Jr., Gig Harbor) and Emily Boerger (Sr., Marysville/Marysville-Pilchuck) are 1-2 in hitting percentage at .463 and .436, respectively. Hutchinson is second in digs per set and setter Taylor Dillard (Jr., Milton/Fife) is 10th in assists per set (11.22).
WWU, coached by Diane Flick (14th year, 282-75), has four players averaging over two kills per set. They are Erickson 3.69, opposite-side hitter Jennica McPherson (So., Seattle/Kennedy) 2.78, Boerger 2.47, and outside hitter Kelsey Moore (Jr., Bellevue/Newport) 2.59. Rachel Roeder (So., Sammamish/Issaquah) is nearly on that pace at 1.97.
NNU is 7-3 overall, having a six-match winning streak snapped by Alaska Anchorage (3-1) last Saturday, and is 3-1 in GNAC action. The Crusaders are led by Andrea Terpstra, who is averaging 3.89 kills on .363 hitting and 1.37 blocks, which ranks fourth nationally, and Elayna Rice with averages of 3.34 kills and 3.31 digs.
WWU has a 30-5 series advantage, winning the last seven meetings.
Central, which is at Simon Fraser on Thursday, is 6-6 overall and 2-2 in conference play. The Wildcats, who have lost four of their last six matches after a 4-2 start, are led by libero Kaely Kight, who ranks 13th nationally in digs (5.70), and setter Catie Fry, who ranks 16th nationally in assists (11.00).
WWU holds a 61-41-1 series advantage, splitting a pair of matches last season.
NOTES: WWU became the first team in the 13-year history of the GNAC to open a season with four consecutive 3-0 victories against NCAA II competition when it went 4-0 at the Western Oregon Invitational on Sept. 5-7 with sweeps of Cal State East Bay, Holy Names, Minnesota State Mankato and Metro State. That string of 12 set victories began with a marathon 34-32 win against Cal State East Bay in which there were 27 ties and 13 lead changes. The biggest advantage by either team was just two points on three occasions ... The following week, the Vikings won three of four contests at the Sonoma State Seawolf Spike Invitational, having a seven-match winning streak snapped by No.24 Sonoma State in four games ... Erickson received GNAC Offensive POW honors for Sept. 1-7. She also earned honorable mention twice and Hutchinson has done so once ... Boerger and Erickson were both Sonoma State all-tourney picks.
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2013 Volleyball Report No. 6 (Oct. 1, 2013)
Conf. All W L W L H A N Alaska Anchorage 4 0 10 6 6-1 3-3 1-2 Western Washington 2 0 9 1 0-0 2-1 7-0 Northwest Nazarene 3 1 7 3 1-1 3-1 3-1 Western Oregon 2 1 5 8 4-4 1-0 0-4 Central Washington 2 2 6 6 1-1 2-2 3-3 Seattle Pacific 2 2 6 6 1-1 2-2 3-3 MSU Billings 1 3 3 9 1-1 0-4 2-4 Alaska Fairbanks 1 3 2 13 1-4 1-7 0-2 Simon Fraser 0 2 5 3 5-1 0-2 0-0 Saint Martin's 0 3 4 11 2-3 1-3 1-5
LAST WEEK: Tuesday - Evergreen State 1 at Saint Martin's 3 (25-17, 22-25, 25-19, 25-18). Wednesday - Northwest 0 at Saint Martin's 3 (225-15, 25-14, 25-19); Concordia 3 at Western Oregon 2 (14-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-17, 15-11). Thursday - Alaska Anchorage 3 at Central Washington 1 (25-15, 25-21, 12-25, 25-20); Alaska Fairbanks 0 at Northwest Nazarene 3 (25-12, 25-15, 25-21); Western Washington 3 at MSU Billings 0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-18); Simon Fraser 1 at Seattle Pacific 3 (16-25, 25-14, 25-13, 25-20). Saturday - Alaska Anchorage 3 at Northwest Nazarene 1 (20-25, 25-19, 25-13, 25-18); Alaska Fairbanks 0 at Central Washington 3 (25-17, 25-22, 25-21); Simon Fraser 0 at MSU Billings 3 (25-18, 25-15, 25-22); Western Oregon 3 at Saint Martin's 1 (26-24, 31-29, 21-25, 25-12); Western Washington 3 at Seattle Pacific 0 (25-20, 27-25, 25-18).
THIS WEEK: Thursday - Western Oregon at Alaska Anchorage; Saint Martin's at Alaska Fairbanks; Central Washington at Simon Fraser; Northwest Nazarene at Western Washington. Saturday - Saint Martin's at Alaska Anchorage; Western Oregon at Alaska Fairbanks, 3pm; Central Washington at Western Washington; MSU Billings at Seattle Pacific, 1 p.m.; Northwest Nazarene at Simon Fraser.
NCAA NATIONAL STATISTICS (Through Sept. 29): Individuals (Top 30): Points - 16. Andrea Terpstra, NNU, 4.66; 22. Sam Harthun, UAF, 4.59. Kills - 25. Sam Harthun, UAF, 3.96; 30. Andrea Terpstra, NNU, 3.89. Hitting Percentage - 1. Kayla Erickson, WWU, .463; 2. Emily Boerger, WWU, .436. Assists - 10. Taylor Dillard, WWU, 11.22; 16. Catie Fry, CWU, 11.00. Blocks - 4. Andrea Terpstra, NNU, 1.37; 7. Becky Blees, WOU, 1.33; 17. Nikki Lowell, SPU, 1.24; 21. Jodi Huddleston, UAA, 1.22; 23. Hannah Deede, WOU, 1.21. Digs - 2. Samantha Hutchinson, WWU, 7.00; 13. Kaely Kight, CWU, 5.70. Team (Top 30): Kills - 12. Western Washington 14.25. Hitting Percentage - 6. Western Washington .303. Assists - 14. Western Washington 13.06. Blocks - 2. Seattle Pacific 2.63; 20. Northwest Nazarene 2.37; 27. Alaska Anchorage 2.31; 29. Western Washington 2.30. Digs - 20. Northwest Nazarene 18.09; 28. Western Washington 17.81.
POLLS: AVCA (Sept. 30) - 9. Western Washington; 38. Alaska Anchorage.
ALL-TOURNAMENT: CSU San Bernardino Coyote Classic (Sept. 6-7) - Nikki Lowell, SPU; Catie Fry, CWU. Point Loma Nazarene (Sept. 6-7) - Chelsey Walter, MSUB. UAA Spring Hills Suite (Sept. 5-7) - Julia Mackey, UAA; Jodi Huddleston, UAA: Quinn Barker, UAA. Alaska Nanook Classic (Sept. 6-7) - Sam Harthun, UAF. Sonoma State (Sept. 13-14) - Kayla Erickson, WWU; Emily Boerger, WWU.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Offense - Katelynn Zanders, Alaska Anchorage (OH, 5-9, So., Anchorage, AK - South) had 27 kills, 19 digs and five aces to lead the Seawolves to 3-1 road victories at Central Washington and Northwest Nazarene as the Seawolves improved to 4-0 in conference matches. Defense - Samantha Hutchinson, Western Washington (L, 5-7, Jr., University Place, WA - Curtis) and Quinn Barker, Alaska Anchorage (L, 5-5, Jr., Mission Viejo, CA - Central Arizona) ... Hutchinson had digs on 20 percent of MSU Billings and Seattle Pacific's attacks in a pair of 3-0 victories as the Vikings opened their conference season with two victories. She had a total of 54 in six sets (9.00), helping hold WWU's two opponents to a .099 hitting percentage ... Barker netted 41 digs and also had seven aces without a service error and just two reception errors in a pair of 3-1 road victories. Honorable Mention - Kayla Erickson, Western Washington; Kristyn Ross, Saint Martin's; Jessica Riddle, Saint Martin's; Erin Smith, Central Washington; Catie Fry, Central Washington; Andrea Terpstra, Northwest Nazarene; Taylor Roberts, Northwest Nazarene; Megan Triggs, Western Oregon.
MILESTONES: Saint Martin's Cymbree Decosta had 132 assists (12.00 per set) increasing her career total to 2,023 and becoming the 23rd player in GNAC history to record 2,000 career assists. She is the GNAC's career active leader in that category ... Western Oregon's Becky Blees had 13 blocks, all assists, increasing her career total in block assists to 332 to move into a tie for second-place on the GNAC all-time list with Erin Hellberg of Northwest Nazarene (1998-01). NNU's Cammy Dranginis (2006-09) is the career leader with 3367.
GNAC TEAM OF THE WEEK: Sept. 2-8 - Simon Fraser (football). Sept. 9-15 - Northwest Nazarene (volleyball).
GNAC 40-49 IN NON-CONFERENCE: GNAC teams have posted a 40-49 record in non-conference matches. Conference teams were 15-19 against CCAA opponents and 9-18 against PacWest foes. The lone non-conference match remaining on the schedule is Oct. 29 when MSU Billings hosts Rocky Mountain.
GNAC (15) vs. CCAA (19): Northwest Nazarene 2-0, Western Oregon 1-0, Western Washington 4-1, Seattle Pacific 3-3, Central Washington 2-2, MSU Billings 2-4, Alaska Anchorage 1-4, Saint Martin's 0-2, Alaska Fairbanks 0-3.
GNAC (9) vs. PacWest (18): Western Oregon 1-0, Western Washington 1-0, Alaska Anchorage 2-2, Northwest Nazarene 2-2, Seattle Pacific 1-1, Saint Martin's 1-5, Alaska Fairbanks 1-6, MSU Billings 0-2.
Alaska Anchorage: The Seawolves' 3-1 win Saturday at Nampa was the 100th (against 56 losses) during head coach Chris Green's six seasons at Anchorage. Prior to being hired at UAA, Green had a 453-55 record in nine seasons at Western Nebraska CC. Julia Mackey had a team-high 28 kills as the Seawolves ran their win streak to four with a pair of wins.
Alaska Fairbanks: Sam Harthun had 21 kills and 18 digs and Keri Knight added 18 kills in a pair of 3-0 road losses. Tessa Butterfield was credited with 30 digs and Katelyn Camp had 56 assists.
Central Washington: Erin Smith led Central Washington with 20 kills and Catie Fry had 76 assists as the Wildcats divided two matches. The Wildcats also got 16 kills each from Linden Firethorne and Emmy Dolan and 37 digs from Kaely Kight.
MSU Billings: Monica Grimsrud led MSU Billings with 21 kills and eight blocks and also had 24 digs as the Yellowjackets split two matches, earning their first conference win with a 3-0 sweep of Simon Fraser. Chelsey Walter chipped in with 18 kills.
Northwest Nazarene: Andrea Terpstra had team-highs of 28 kills and six blocks as the Crusaders opened their home season splitting a pair of matches. Terpstra hit for a .393 percentage (28-6-56). Defensively, NNU was led by Taylor Roberts with 22 digs. Elayna Rice had 233 kills and Michelle Terpstra had 76 assists.
Saint Martin's: Kristyn Ross had 47 kills and 41 digs in three matches, including a pair of non-conference victories. She had 18 kills in a 3-1 win over Evergreen State, 16 kills and 22 digs in a 3-1 loss to Western Oregon and 13 kills and 13 digs in a 3-0 sweep of Northwest. Freshman Jessica Riddle had 61 digs, averaging 5.55 per set.
Seattle Pacific: Madi Cavell had 27 kills and Ellie Britt had 22 as the Falcons split two matches. Brianna Leenders had 46 digs and Jackie Arnold had seven blocks. The Falcons outhit its two opponents by a .127 to ..093 margin.
Simon Fraser: Kelsey Robinson had team highs in kills (24) and blocks (5) in road losses at SPU and MSUB. Amanda Renkema matched Robinson's kill total. Madeline Hait was also in double figures in kills with 11.
Western Oregon: Cherene O'Hara led the Wolves with 18 kills and Becky Blees had 13 blocks as the Wolves split two matches. The Wolves also got 15 kills from Samantha Moore, 14 kills from Krissi Kemper and Hannah Deede and 37 digs from Megan Triggs. Deede also had 10 blocks.
Western Washington: Kayla Erickson had 18 kills and eight blocks in wins at MSU Billings and Seattle Pacific. The Vikings also got 17 kills from Rachel Roeder and nine blocks from Emily Boerger in the two victories. Samantha Hutchinson (See Player of the Week) had 45.4 percent of WWU's digs (54 of 119).
PREVIOUS RED LION PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Week of Sept. 2-8: Offense - Kayla Erickson, Western Washington (MB, 6-0, Jr., Gig Harbor, WA) hit for a phenomenal .542 percentage (50-5-83) and also had a team-high 15 blocks as the Vikings cruised to four 3-0 victories in the Western Oregon Invitational. With Erickson leading the way, WWU outhit its four opponents .390 to .120. Defense - Nikki Lowell, Seattle Pacific (MB, 5-10, Sr., Claremont, CA) had 26 blocks as the Falcons split four matches in the Coyote Classic. Eight of her blocks came in a 3-2 victory over 14th-ranked Cal State San Bernardino as SPU overcome a 2-0 set deficit to beat the Coyotes for the first time in eight tries. Lowell also had 12 kills and a career-high eight digs. SPU had won just one set in its previous seven contests with San Bernardino.
Week of Sept. 9-15: Offense - Andrea Terpstra, Northwest Nazarene (MB, 6-4, Jr., Ripon, CA) tallied 50 kills and 20 blocks as the Crusaders won three of four matches in the CSU East Bay/Notre Dame de Namur Route 92 Showdown. Terpstra, a transfer from San Diego State, hit for a .417 percentage (50-10-96). Defense - Samantha Hutchinson, Western Washington (L, 5-7, Jr., University Place, WA - Curtis) averaged 8.50 digs - two more than her season average of 6.50 - as the Vikings won three of four matches at the Sonoma State Seawolf Invitational. Hutchinson had a total of 102 digs in 12 sets.
Week of Sept. 16-22: Offense - Sam Harthun, Alaska Fairbanks (OH, 6-0, So., Oregon City, OR) and Julia Mackey, Alaska Anchorage (OH, 5-11, So., Fairbanks, AK - West Valley) .... Harthun had a GNAC opening conference week high 31 kills and also hit for a .344 percentage, 140 points above her season average as the Nanooks split two matches. Harthun, who leads the GNAC on the season in kills (4.02) and service aces (0.53), had 18 kills and a .469 percentage in Thursday's 3-0 win over Montana State Billings. On the season, she has had three of the top five kill totals (19, 18 and 17) this fall in the GNAC ... Mackey had 13 kills in 20 attempts and didn't make an error as the Seawolves hit for a .437 percentage in a 3-0 win over MSU Billings. That was UAA's best percentage in a conference match in the 13-year history of the GNAC. Mackey finished the opening weekend with 26 kills and a .345 percentage as UAA swept a pair of matches. Defense - Taylor Roberts, Northwest Nazarene (L, 5-5, Jr., Nampa, ID) led the Crusaders, who have won five straight, to road wins at Saint Martin's and Western Oregon. Roberts had 50 digs as NNU held the Saints and Wolves to a combined .148 attack percentage.
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