Middle blocker Kayla Erickson had a match-high 19 kills as the Western Washington University volleyball team remained unbeaten with a 25-20, 20-25, 25-16, 25-20, victory over UC San Diego in a battle of nationally ranked teams on Friday, Sept. 5, at the Central Washington University Wildcat Volleyball Invitational in Ellensburg.
The WWU victory leaves head coach Diane Flick (15th year, 299-78) just one shy of career win No.300.
WWU, ranked No.12 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Coaches Top 25 Preseason Poll, handed No.11 UC San Diego its second loss in four matches this season. Earlier in the day, the Vikings swept Cal State Stanislaus, 25-12, 25-22, 25-14, after defeating No.16 Sonoma State in four sets on Thursday, Sept. 4.
Erickson, the 2013 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year, had a .400 attack percentage versus UCSD with 19 kills, four short of her career high, in 40 attempts and just three errors.
Rachel Roeder had 11 kills for the Vikings, Kelsey Moore 10 and Jennica McPherson added eight and 12 digs.
“This is the best they’ve played all weekend for sure,” Flick said in a press release. “We’re still in the mode of trying to get better with each match and their focus has been great.”
Against Cal State Stanislaus, libero Samantha Hutchinson moved into second place among WWU career dig leaders as she had a match-high 23 digs. Her four-year total of 1,748 trails only Courtney Schneider (2004-07) with 2,695.
WWU had a .290 attack percentage with Erickson being the match leader in kills with 12. Arielle Turner (R-Fr., Leavenworth/Cascade) had nine and McPherson seven.
WWU finishes tourney action at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, against No.8 Cal State San Bernardino.