Middle blocker Kayla Erickson had 12 kills in 14 attempts with just one error for a .786 hitting percentage and outside hitter Marlayna Geary added a match-high 14 kills as nationally ranked Western Washington University bounced back with a sweep of Cal State Stanislaus, 25-13, 25-21, 25-21, following a tough loss to UC San Diego, 21-25, 15-25, 25-20, 25-21, 15-13, in first-day action Friday, Sept. 7, at the Sonoma State Seawolf Spike Invitational Volleyball Tournament in Rohnert Park, Calif.
The Vikings, ranked No. 18, are now 5-1. UCSD, rated No. 25, improved to 3-2, and Cal State Stanislaus dropped to 2-4.
"It's always good to come back after a match like that, especially when it's an emotionally draining one," WWU head coach Diane Flick said in a news release. "Erickson is doing a great job. She's putting herself in position to take swings on the ball and she's making smart shots with them."
In the opening match, Geary had a team-high 21 kills, 10 digs and five blocks. Erickson contributed 18 kills and a .438 attack percentage and four blocks, and opposite-side hitter Jennica McPherson had 14 kills and 11 digs.
Libero Samantha Hutchinson added 30 digs for the Vikings, and setter Laurie Yearout had 64 assists. Both figures were match highs.