Western Washington University dominated the net with four players having nine or more kills in sweeping Northwest Nazarene University 25-8, 25-9, 25-23, on Thursday in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball match at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
It was the home opener for the Vikings, ranked No.9 in this week's American Volleyball Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, who improved to 10-1 overall and 3-0 in league action. They have posted sweeps in nine of their victories.
NNU fell to 7-3 overall and 3-2 in GNAC action with its second straight loss following a six-match winning streak. The Crusaders had a hitting percentage of minus-.009
Jennica McPherson led the Vikings with a match-high 12 kills on .524 hitting and Kayla Erickson had 11. Emily Boerger and Kelsey Moore each had nine.
Erickson and Boerger entered the match ranked one-two nationally in attack percentage. They had four and three blocks, respectively.
Libero Samantha Hutchinson had 22 digs and Taylor Dillard added 39 assists, both match bests.
WWU went out to a 7-1 lead in game one, Erickson having four kills, and finished it by scoring the last five points. The Vikings dominated game two, holding NNU to nine points.
There were nine ties in game three, the last at 17-all, before WWU took the lead for good. Erickson ended the match with a kill.
WWU has now won 15 straight home matches, losing just once (27-1) at Carver Gym in the last four seasons.
It was the eighth straight victory for WWU over the Crusaders. The Vikings hold a 31-5 advantage.