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WWU’s Kayla Erickson named GNAC Defensive Player of the Week

Western Washington University middle blocker Kayla Erickson has been named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week for Sept. 28-Oct. 4.

Erickson, a senior from Gig Harbor, had the GNAC’s top two block totals of the season as the Vikings posted four-set wins over nationally No. 18-ranked Central Washington and No. 19 Northwest Nazarene.

Erickson had a GNAC season-high 11 blocks against Central and 10 versus NNU. She also totaled 25 kills in the two matches, posting double-doubles in both.

Erickson, who took the weekly GNAC offensive honor last year, earned second-team Daktronics All-America and GNAC Player of the Year honors in 2013.

The Vikings, 12-4 overall and 5-2 in GNAC action, are at Western Oregon on Thursday, Oct. 9 (7 p.m.) and at Saint Martin’s on Saturday, Oct. 11 (7 p.m.).