CWU Volleyball Snaps Skid with Convincing Sweep of Saints - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

CWU Volleyball Snaps Skid with Convincing Sweep of Saints

Posted: Updated:
LACEY, Wash. -- (Sept. 8) For the second straight match, the Central Washington volleyball team turned in a season-best hitting performance, hitting .352 en route to a 30-6, 30-20, 30-16 victory over host Saint Martin's on Saturday night at the Saint Martin's Pavilion.

The win snapped a four-match losing streak for the Wildcats, who are now 2-9 overall and 1-1 in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play. Saint Martin's remains winless, falling to 0-11 (0-2 GNAC).

The duo of junior Rachael Schurman and sophomore Erin Norris paced Central once again, as each reached double figures in kills with 12 and 10, respectively. Both players hit at nearly identical percentages, with Schurman hitting .440 and Norris at .444.

Central cruised to its first-game victory, collecting 14 kills in 21 attempts without an error (.667 percentage) and using an 18-0 run behind the service of sophomore Deidre Scheidt to turn a 7-4 advantage into a convincing 25-4 margin. The Wildcats finished the opening frame with a 30-6 victory, and the six points allowed were the fewest scored by a Wildcat opponent since the rally scoring rule took effect for all games in 2001.

Game two was the closest of the three games on Saturday, although Central Washington led from start to finish. Saint Martin's got to within three points at 20-17, but the Wildcats scored 10 of the final 13 tallies to win by 10 points. The host Saints had 11 kills in game two and hit an even .000 percentage -- the only game of the match in which they hit at or above even.

Central Washington roared out to leads of 15-5 and 26-10 in game three before settling for a 30-16 victory.

The Wildcats fired a season-high 11 service aces at the Saints, including three from Scheidt. CWU had higher totals than Saint Martin's in every statistical category, finishing with a 42-40 edge in digs and a 9-1 advantage in blocking. Senior Erika Stevens led all players with 14 digs, while Schurman (five blocks) and Norris (four) led the efforts up front.

Saint Martin's did not have a player with more than four kills in the match, as three players shared team-leading totals in that department.

Central Washington, which has played 10 of its first 11 matches on the road, will return home to open a three-match home stand beginning next Thursday, Sept. 13 against Alaska Anchorage. Home contests against Alaska (Sept. 15) and Western Washington (Sept. 22) are also in the Wildcats' immediate future on the schedule.