Western Washington Athletics | October 18, 2013

Moore pushes Western Washington to sweep


BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- Outside hitter Kelsey Moore had a team-high 14 kills as seventh-ranked Western Washington swept Alaska-Fairbanks 25-15, 25-17, 25-14 on Thursday in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball match at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.

The Vikings improved to 14-1 overall and 7-0 in the GNAC with their seventh consecutive victory. All seven of their conference wins have been sweeps and they have 13 overall this season.

Alaska Fairbanks fell to 3-16 overall and 2-6 in the GNAC despite the performance of outside htter Sam Harthun, whose 18 kills accounted for nearly half of the Nanook points. Outside hitter Keri Knight added 10 kills.

The Vikings trailed only once in any game, falling behind 2-1 in the third frame before going on a 6-1 run to take a 7-3 lead and later using a charge of six unanswered points to take control at 18-7.

WWU jumped to a 10-3 lead in the opening game and rolled on from there behind six Moore kills. Jennica McPherson had four kills to pace the Vikings in the second game.

Middle blocker Kayla Erickson had nine kills and two blocks for WWU, which defeated UAF for the 10th consecutive time and holds a 35-6 advantage in their series.

WWU, which entered the match ranked fourth nationally in attack percentage at .302, was .356 on Thursday, notching 38 kills and just seven errors in 87 attempts.