WWU Vikings

No. 15 Vikings volleyball earn sweep at Alaska Fairbanks

Middle blocker Kayla Erickson had a match-high 12 kills in becoming the 12th player in school history to reach the 1,000 mark for a career and the Vikings achieved 20 wins for the third straight season as Western Washington University swept University of Alaska Fairbanks, 25-14, 25-9, 25-18, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball match on Thursday, Nov. 13, in Fairbanks, Alaska.

It was the third consecutive three-set win for the Vikings, rated No. 15 in this week’s American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll, who improved to 20-6 overall and 13-4 in GNAC play.

Erickson had just one error in 19 attempts for a .579 attack percentage. Her career kill total now stands at 1,003 and ranks 11th among WWU leaders.

Erickson entered the match ranked second all-time in both WWU and GNAC history in career attack percentage at .342.

“I just can’t be more proud of Kayla,” WWU head coach Diane Flick said in a news release. “She’s a self-made player and her hard work has obviously paid off.”

Outside hitter Rachel Roeder had 11 kills for the Vikings and libero Samantha Hutchinson, the NCAA II national leader in digs per set, had a match-high 18 digs.

WWU, which never trailed in the match, had respective leads of 14-3, 15-3 and 14-7 in the three sets.