Western Washington University suffered its first loss of the season, falling 20-25, 25-22, 25-14, 25-22, to host Sonoma State University in final-day actionSaturday at the seventh Seawolf Spike Invitational Volleyball Tournament in a match between two top 25 nationally ranked teams.
The Vikings, No.12 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, fell to 7-1 overall and finished 3-1 at the tourney. Earlier in the day, they swept San Francisco State, 25-21, 25-8, 25-21.
"Going 7-1 in the preseason was good to do, but now we have to get ready for conference play," said WWU head coach Diane Flick .
In the Vikings' first match of the day, middle blocker Kayla Erickson had a match-high 17 kills on 26 attempts with just one error for a .615 attack percentage as WWU swept San Francisco State University, 25-21, 25-8, 25-21.
"It's a tough schedule for us, but we responded well," said WWU head coach Diane Flick of the 9 a.m. start. There were 12 ties and just two lead changes in the match that took just 1 hour, 8 minutes to complete.
WWU libero Samantha Hutchinson had 17 digs and setter Taylor Dillard 41 assists, both match highs for the first match.
In the second match, middle blocker Emily Boerger paced WWU with 17 kills and a .500 attack percentage, and Hutchinson had a match-high 38 digs.
WWU opened play Friday with wins over Cal State Stanislaus, 25-12, 25-15, 25-17, and Chico State, 25-16, 23-25, 25-17, 25-18.
WWU, the defending league champion, takes a week off before beginning Great Northwest Athletic Conference play on the road, traveling to Montana State Billings on Sept. 26 and to Seattle Pacific on Sept. 28.