All-America libero Samantha Hutchinson had a match-high 20 digs as Western Washington University swept Metro State University 25-16, 25-16, 25-11, in final-day action Saturday at the fourth annual Western Oregon University Invitational Volleyball Tournament.
The Vikings, ranked No.17 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Preseason Top 25 Poll, swept all four of their matches, two on Thursday over Cal State East Bay and Holy Names, and one Friday against Minnesota State Mankato.
The sweep marked the second straight year that WWU opened the season with a 4-0 record at the WOU tourney.
"We played some good ball this weekend," said WWU coach Diane Flick. "We had a good solid effort from start to finish in all four of our matches."
"Samantha's 20 digs were huge for us. Not only were they good digs, but quality ones where we could run our offense. That's why our hitters were able to do so well because we had a ball that we could set to anyone."
Middle blocker Kayla Erickson led the Vikings with 12 kills. Jennica McPherson and Kelsey Moore each had 10 and Emily Boerger added nine. McPherson also had 12 digs.