No.12 WWU opens Seawolf Spike tourney with two victories

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDSeptember 14, 2013 

Western Washington University remained unbeaten, but suffered its first game loss of the season, as it defeated Chico State 25-16, 23-25, 25-17, 25-18 following a sweep of Cal State Stanislaus 25-12, 25-15, 25-17 on Friday, Sept. 13, at the seventh Sonoma State University Seawolf Spike Invitational Volleyball Tournament in Rohnert, Calif.

The Vikings, ranked No. 12 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Preseason Top 25 Poll, improved to 6-0. Cal State Stanislaus fell to 1-4 and Chico State dropped to 2-3.

Libero Samantha Hutchinson had 41 digs for the Vikings and setter Taylor Dillard totaled 52 assists, both match highs.

Four WWU players posted double-figure kills, led by Kayla Erickson with 14. Kelsey Moore and Jennica McPherson each had 12, and Emily Boerger 11.

The Vikings won game one with an 8-2 closing burst, but suffered their first setback in game two after being tied at 22-22. They never trailed in winning game three and scored the last seven points in taking the fourth game.

Dillard had a match-high 41 assists for WWU against Cal State Stanislaus and five players had eight or more kills.

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