Volleyball returns home to welcome # 21 Western Washington and Simon Fraser

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MONMOUTH, Oregon – After a trip to Montana in which the Western Oregon University volleyball team played five sets and then went on to fight in Seattle Pacific, the Wolves will return to New PE Gym this week hosting the # 21. Western Washington Thursday night, then Simon Fraser on Saturday night with both games starting at 7 p.m.

The first leg of last week’s road trip saw WOU (2-10, 0-5 GNAC) in their fifth five-set game of the season. The Yellowjackets barely managed to come back for the 3-2 victory. Then, to close the trip, WOU traveled to Washington to face Seattle Pacific and almost pushed the game to a fourth set when the Falcons took the 3-0 victory.

WOU has 511 kills, 469 assists, 77 aces on service, 664 digs and 91 blocks in total this season. Opponents have 597 kills, 537 assists, 67 serving aces, 732 digs and 83 blocks.

Isabelle Hurliman recorded his fifth double-double of the season against Montana State Billings with 16 kills and 17 digs. Throughout the season, the out hitter has a team record of 165.5 points and 141 kills, to go along with 130 digs and 21 blocks. She is also second on the team with 14 serving aces. Bailee Hartsook is second on the team in points with 105, posting 97 kills, 61 digs and 12 blocks. Lauren Smith is third on the team in kills with 66, while Madison Hornback adds 59. Both Aubrey stanton and Laney o’neil prepare for the offense with Stanton distributing 249 assists to 136 for O’Neil. Stanton also leads the team on serve with 17 aces. In defense, Sophie matlock has a peak of 190 excavations and Makenzie york leads the team in blocks with 46. Bella maclellan is second in blocks with 26.

WOU and Western Washington have faced each other three times in the shortened 2021 spring season, all of which were played at Bellingham. The Vikings won the first two games 3-0 before Wolves pushed the third game to a fourth set before losing 3-1. WWU have won the last 17 games of the series, with WOU’s last victory coming in 2012 in Monmouth (3-0).

WWU enters the week 7-4 in total and 3-1 in the GNAC game. They were only able to play one game this week as their first game against Alaska Anchorage was postponed. The Vikings faced Alaska Fairbanks on Saturday in Bellingham to win 3-2. WWU is 4-1 in five sets this season and 3-4 away this season (2-1 in real road games).

As a team, the Vikings total 589 kills, 549 assists, 52 aces in service, 724 digs and 118.5 blocks. Opponents have 601 kills, 576 assists, 76 aces on service, 779 digs and 89 blocks. Calley Heilborn leads the way with 173.5 points, recording 148 assists and 31 blocks, as well as 192 digs, the team’s best. Gabby Gunterman is second on the squad with 162 points, totaling 133 kills, 14 aces on service, 27 blocks and second on the team in digs with 170. Olivia Fairchild is third with 146.5 points, posting 108 kills and a vertex of 64. blocks. Malia Aleaga prepares the attack with 436 assists. In defense, Kasey Woodruff is third on the team behind Heilborn and Gunterman in recovery with 165, while Chloe Roetcisoender is second on the team in blocks at 47.

WOU closes the week against Simon Fraser. SFU is receiving votes in the AVCA poll this week and was ranked in the top 25 earlier in the season after starting 6-1. Since then, Simon Fraser has gone 2-3 with all games in conference. They won against Northwest Nazarene and Alaska Fairbanks, but fell against Western Washington, Central Washington and last time against Alaska Anchorage.

SFU is 8-4 overall and 2-3 in the GNAC game, holding a 7-2 away mark (2-1 in real road events). WOU and SFU did not face each other in the shortened spring 2021 season, as in the year 2019 Simon Fraser won both meetings. SFU have won the last 12 meetings with WOU’s last victory in 2013 in Burnaby by a score of 3-2.

During the season, Simon Fraser has 603 kills, 559 assists, 59 serving aces, 690 digs and 80 blocks. Opponents have 532 kills, 491 assists, 61 serving aces, 655 digs and 88 blocks. Brooke Dexter leads SFU in points with 214.5, totaling 192 kills, 24 blocks and 117 digs. Camryn Vosloh has 124 points with 107 kills and 82 digs. Hanna Kolof (107) and Kalyn Hartmann (100) give Simon Fraser four with over 100 points. Julia Tays prepares the attack with 405 assists. In defense, Bianca Te has the best of the squad with 162 digs and Hartmann leads the blocks with 34.

Fans are allowed to attend and don’t forget to wear a mask. Live video and stats will also be available for both matches. Live video can be found here and live stats can be found here.

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