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Kayleigh Harper (11) and Arielle Turner (3) attempt to block a hit on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at WCC. // Photo by Daisey James

A sea of Viking blue filled the bleachers at the Whatcom Community College Pavilion on Tuesday, Sept. 29 for the women’s volleyball match against Simon Fraser Clan. Cheers echoed throughout the gym as the Western Vikings defeated Simon Fraser 3-1.

The victory over Simon Fraser was the Vikings’ 11th consecutive win as they stole three of the four games played.

Western fell to Simon Fraser in the opening game. With a score of 15-24, on game point they were able to push in seven additional points to minimize the gap.

“The good thing about volleyball is that you start the game at 0-0, they can take games but they can’t take the match from us,” head coach Diane Flick told her team after the loss in an effort to motivate them for a win.

The set ended with an overall score of 21-25, but the Vikings had momentum on their side.

Sophomore Arielle Turner, outside hitter, took the serve at a 3-3 tied game in the second set.

“Her serves sparked us and put Simon Fraser on their heels,” Flick said about Turner’s serve streak. “She did a good job at getting that little push we needed so that everyone could follow her.”

Turner’s consistency and determination carried through as she served 10 consecutive points to put Western in the lead at 13-3.

The third set was neck and neck as the Vikings and Simon Fraser battled it out for points.

“We played a steady game, one point at a time, and kept it simple once we got going,” senior Jennica McPherson said.

Momentum was with the Vikings as they entered the fourth game after victoriously taking the third set.

Western coasted when the scoreboard reflected 20-12 in the fourth set and they quickly finished the fight, defeating Simon Fraser with a 25-13 lead.

“We don’t lack for effort or heart,” Flick said.


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