Middle blocker Kayla Erickson had team highs of 14 kills and four block assists as Western Washington University completed its second sweep with a 25-8, 25-14, 25-15, win over Holy Names University in opening-day action Thursday at the fourth annual Western Oregon University Invitational Tournament in Monmouth, Ore.
Earlier in the day, the Vikings, ranked No.17 in the Top 25 poll, swept Cal State University East Bay, 34-32, 25-18, 25-9, as opposite-side hitter Jennica McPherson had a match-high 12 kills and a .458 attack percentage.
The win over CSUEB was the ninth straight season-opening win for WWU, which has won nine of 10 matches at the WOU tourney over the last three years.
Erickson posted a .583 hitting percentage versus Holy Names with no errors in 24 attempts. Overall, the Vikings made just five errors in 98 attempts for a .398 percentage, and held Holy Names to minus-.012.
WWU had fast starts of 16-3 and 11-4 in taking the first two games, and closed out the third game with a 9-2 run after Holy Names had gotten within three, 16-13.
Kelsey Moore had eight kills for the Vikings with McPherson and middle blocker Emily Boerger each having seven. Setter Taylor Dillard had 27 assists and All-America libero Samantha Hutchinson added a match-high 14 digs.