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No. 9 WWU volleyball swept at No. 15 Northwest Nazarene

Western Washington University had a seven-match winning streak snapped as it was swept 25-14, 25-15, 25-23, by Northwest Nazarene University in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball match on Thursday, Oct. 30, between two nationally ranked teams in Nampa, Idaho.

The Vikings, rated No.9 in this week’s American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll, fell to 17-5 overall and 10-3 in GNAC play. Their seven-match victory string was the longest by a conference team this fall.

The victory snapped a 10-match series losing streak for the Crusaders, who had not beaten WWU since the 2009 season. The Vikings entered with a 33-5 series advantage.

WWU, which had a .007 hitting percentage, was led by the match-high 11 kills of outside hitter Rachel Roeder. Middle blocker Kayla Erickson had eight kills and four blocks, and libero Samantha Hutchinson, the national leader in digs, had a match-high 31.