Western Washington volleyball beats Saint Martin’s to stay unbeaten in league play
LACEY – Rachel Roeder, a sophomore from Issaquah High School, had a match-high 11 kills with no errors for a .611 kill percentage and three solo blocks as Western Washington swept Saint Martin’s 25-18, 25-21, 25-18, on Thursday in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball match at SMU.
The No. 7 Vikings improved to 12-1 overall and 5-0 in league action with their fifth straight win. The sweep was their 11th of the season.
Saint Martin’s fell to 5-13 overall and is 1-5 in conference play. Brooke Good led the Saints with nine kills.
“It was a bit of a struggle,” said 14th-year WWU coach Diane Flick. “Winning on the road is hard, but we did a great job of keeping our composure.”
WWU’s Kayla Erickson had 10 kills and a match-best five blocks. Kelsey Moore, a Newport High graduate, added nine kills and Emily Boerger from Marysville-Pilchuck had seven.
It was the Vikings’ 29th straight victory over SMU, their last loss coming in 1998.
WWU used a 9-4 run to break open the first game and its biggest lead in the second game was just five points, 19-14.
Seattle Pacific fell 1-0 at Central Washington in a GNAC match. Senior CWU defender Tarah Duty scored the lone goal in the 13th minute. The Falcons fell to 8-3 and 5-2 in league play, while Central Washington is 6-4 and also 5-2 in league play. The schools are tied in second place in the GNAC.
Eastern Washington fell in straight sets at North Dakota in a Big Sky contest. The Eagles fell to 6-12 overall and 3-4 in conference play. North Dakota is 12-7 and 7-0 in Big Sky play.
• Seattle Pacific fell to Central Washington, 3-2, in a GNAC match at CWU’s Nicholson Pavilion. The Falcons fell to 7-7 and 3-3 in GNAC play.
The Washington Junior Golf Association named Tyler Johnsen as the organization’s new executive director. Johnsen succeeds Jerry Fehr, who will retire at the end of the year after 21 years.
From sports-information reports.