Libero Samantha Hutchinson became just the second player in school history to record 2,000 career digs as she had a match-high 27, lifting nationally ranked Western Washington University to a 25-22, 25-19, 25-13, victory over Simon Fraser University in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball match Saturday at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
The contest ended a three-match home stand for the Vikings, rated No.10 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll, who improved to 9-3 overall and 2-1 in conference action.
Middle blocker Kayla Erickson had a match-high 17 kills for WWU.
Hutchinson, who upped her four-year dig total to 2,005, trails only WWU career record holder Courtney Schneider, who had 2,695 from 2004 to 2007. The All-American senior entered the match leading the nation in digs per set with an average of 6.98.
WWU broke open the first set by scoring five straight points for a 15-11 lead. The Vikings never trailed in the second and third sets, ending the match with a 16-4 run.
WWU next goes on the road for a pair of conference matches, traveling to Seattle Pacific on Thursday, Sept. 25 (7 p.m.) and Montana State Billings on Saturday, Sept. 27 (7 p.m.).