Flick gets 200th career win as Vikings open CWU Invitational with two sweeps


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ELLENSBURG, Wash. - Western Washington University head coach Diane Flick reached the 200 plateau in career victories early in just her 10th season as Western Washington University recorded a pair of sweeps Thursday in opening-day action at the Central Washington University Invitational Volleyball Tournament.

The Vikings, ranked No.21 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, improved to 5-1 as they defeated Walla Walla University, 25-13, 25-16, 25-15, and Brigham Young Hawaii, 25-23, 25-23, 25-21.

Walla Walla dropped to 3-3 and BYUH fell to 3-2.

"The best part of the 200 victories is the players that I've been able to share them all with," said Flick, whose record now stands at 201-51 since arriving at Western in 2000. Her winning percentage is an amazing 79.8.

In the win over Walla Walla, Flick's 200th, outside hitter Megan Amundson (Jr., Stanwood) had match highs of 12 kills and 10 digs. Her attack percentage was 57.1 with no errors in 21 attempts.

Middle blocker Emily Jepsen (So., Kennewick/Kamiakin) had eight kills, six digs, two blocks and two service aces for the Vikings. Her aces closed out the match. Western had strong finishes in all three sets with closing runs of 16-6, 17-8 and 15-7, respectively.

"We did a good job of staying steady," Flick said. "We were working on some details of the game and we did a good job of that especially in the latter stages of each set. But I'd like to see some better starts from us."

Western hit 40.0 percent as a team and held Walla Walla to 0.67.

Against BYUH, outside hitter Marlayna Geary (Tacoma/Bellarmine Prep) had a match-high 14 kills (.238 hitting percentage) and 15 digs for the Vikings. Jepsen had a match-high six blocks and eight kills and libero Allison Gotz (Jr., Bothell/Archbishop Murphy) tied for match-high honors with 29 digs.

Western setter Laurie Yearout (R-Fr., Spokane/Lewis & Clark) had 33 assists, four blocks, four digs and three kills.

The Vikings trailed 22-20 in set one, but Amundson tied it with two kills and Haleigh Adkins (So., Puyallup/Rogers) eventually won it with a service ace.

Western was again behind, 19-18, late in the second set before Geary and Jepsen sparked a closing 7-4 run with two kills each.

Ahead by just one, 20-19, in set three, the Vikings ended it with a 5-2 run.

"We didn't play as well as we could have, but with a young team you get some inconsistency at times," Flick said.

Western, with only a loss to No.2 Cal State San Bernardino, meets Academy of Art (11 a.m.) and No.24-ranked Sonoma State (5 p.m.) in final-day play Friday at the tourney.


Article courtesy of Western Washington Athletics

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