Middle blocker Kayla Erickson and outside hitter Rachel Roeder combined for 39 kills as Western Washington University rallied to defeat Seattle Pacific University, 26-28, 25-12, 25-13, 25-17, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball match on Saturday, Oct. 25, at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
It was the seventh straight win for the Vikings, rated No.10 in this week’s American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll, who improved to 17-4 overall and 10-2 in GNAC play.
Erickson finished with a match-high 20 kills and Roeder added 19.
WWU libero Samantha Hutchinson, the national leader in digs, had a match-best 36, and Joellee Buckner added a match-high seven blocks.
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SPU dropped to 11-10 overall and 5-8 in GNAC play. The Falcons, who have lost eight of their last 10 matches following a 9-2 start, were led by the team highs of 11 kills by Jessica Miller and 28 digs by Brianna Leenders.
There were 17 ties and five lead changes as the Falcons won the first set. The biggest lead for either team in the game was three.
WWU never trailed as it took the next two sets, closing the third game with a 10-2 run.
Roeder had seven kills in the fourth set as the Vikings ended the match.
Arielle Turner had 18 digs, five kills and three blocks for WWU, Emily Cotter contributed 14 digs and Kelsey Moore had nine kills.