Monday, November 25, 2013

NCAA | DII volleyball tournament bracket includes Western Washington, Central Washington

NCAA Division II Tournament begins December 5
  • #5 Western Washington vs. #4 Sonoma State | December 5 | @ Cal St San Bernardino
  • #8 Central Washington @ #1 Cal St San Bernardino | December 5

Two Washington state schools--Bellingham's Western Washington University and Ellensburg's Central Washington University--have been included in the 2013 NCAA Division II Women's Volleyball Tournament.

The 16 teams in the Western Region of the 64-team 2013 NCAA Division II Volleyball Tournament

Western (23-3) is seeded fifth in the West, and will face #8 seed Sonoma State (25-5). Central (15-11) is the West's 8th seed, and will meet top seeded Cal State San Bernardino (25-5). Both matches are December 5 on the CS San Bernardino campus.

WWU---ranked 10th in the latest AVCA DII national poll--has won its past nine matches, dropping just two sets in that span. The Vikings are led by Samantha Hutchinson (Curtis HS), who ranks second in the nation in digs per set (6.9); Kayla Erickson (Peninsula HS), who ranks fifth nationally in hitting percentage (.385); and Taylor Dillard (Fife HS), 8th nationally in assists per set (11.8)

The Vikings were national runners-up in 2007; head coach Diane Flick is in her 14th season and has been named conference coach of the year seven times.

Central (15-11) finished tied for fourth in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Kaely Kight (Mead HS) is 17th nationally in digs per set (5.49). The Wildcats rank 29th in team blocking, led by Erin Smith (Selah HS) with 1.12 blocks per set. Mario Andaya has been CWU’s head coach since 1996.

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