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Volleyball sweeps MSUB, 3-0

Western’s women’s volleyball team won its second game in a row on Saturday, as it swept all three sets against Montana State University Billings on Saturday, Oct. 31. Western is now 12-2 in the GNAC and 18-4 overall.

“I think our serving was really good tonight,” head coach Diane Flick said. “We created a lot of opportunities for our front-row hitters. It’s something that you can’t stat that well, but it was really important for us.”

In addition to the defense, she said the strong serves really helped establish the transition offense.

Three Western players in particular had big nights.

Redshirt freshman and middle blocker Kayleigh Harper had 15 kills, and a .882 hitting percentage.

“Our goal is to have a balanced offense, so you’re going to have different people shine each night,” Harper said.

Harper had a simple explanation for her performance.

“Good teammates,” Harper said. “You can’t do it by yourself.”

Harper said that she had been working on making herself more available to teammates on the court.

“The centers did a really good job setting things up,” sophomore outside hitter Joellee Buckner, who had 11 kills, said. “It was really balanced, they set the ball up well.”

Redshirt freshman and outside hitter Abby Phelps also had 11 kills.

Although the playoffs are three weeks away, Harper said that the team is not going to do much differently.

“We just take it one game at a time,” Buckner said.

Redshirt freshman Abby Phelps digs the ball on Saturday, Oct. 31, against Montana State Billings at Whatcom Community College Pavillion. // Photo by Daisey James
Redshirt freshman Abby Phelps digs the ball on Saturday, Oct. 31, against Montana State Billings at Whatcom Community College Pavillion. // Photo by Daisey James

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