No. 7 Western Washington Bounces Back With Sweep of Saint Martin's

10/18/2008

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BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Outside hitter Megan Amundson (So., Stanwood) led a balanced attack with nine kills as nationally ranked Western Washington University swept Saint Martin's University, 25-15, 25-18, 25-17, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball match Saturday on Haggen Court at Sam Carver Gymnasium.

The Vikings, rated No.7 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, improved to 14-2 overall and 6-2 in the GNAC.

The win came on the heels of a rare home loss, just the seventh in nine seasons, on Thursday. Western had not dropped consecutive matches since the opening weekend of last season and had not lost two straight GNAC matches since 2005.

Saint Martin's slipped to 4-14 overall and 1-8 in conference play. Nicole Ostlund had a match-high 11 kills for the Saints and Andrea Tarbet added 10.

Western never trailed in the opening set, taking an 8-4 lead and later using an 8-1 run to break the frame completely open. In the second set, Saint Martin's held an early 8-6 advantage and the score was tied at 11-11 before the Vikings pulled away.

The score was also tied at 11-11 in the third set, but Western used a run of six straight points, including two service aces by libero Allison Gotz (So., Bothell/Archbishop Murphy), to take control.

Middle blockers Angie Alvord (Sr., Laurel/Meridian) and Tiana Roma (Sr., Edmonds/Edmonds-Woodway) and outside hitter Shanley Besett (Sr., University Place/Curtis) each had eight kills for the Vikings. Amundson and Gotz each had a match-high 15 digs.

Western's .316 attack efficiency (41 kills, 10 errors, 98 attacks) was the best it has had in GNAC play this season.

The Vikings next travel to Montana State Billings on Thursday (6 p.m. PT) for a GNAC counter.

Article courtesy of Western Washington athletics.

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