Wildcats sweep the visiting Wolves

Isaiah Salevao, Staff Reporter

CWU volleyball welcomed the visiting Western Oregon Wolves Thursday and quickly worked towards a 3-0 match victory. This improved their record to 7-0 at home this year and 9-5 overall for the season. 

Freshmen blocker Emma Daoud-Hebert and outside hitter Alyssa Smith were defensive monsters all night. They led the Wildcats to an early lead in the first set 16-10.

Freshman libero Hannah Stires gave the Wildcats their 17 points with a huge spike up the middle then Hebert followed up with another spike to go up 18-12. Sophomore outside hitter Ashley Kaufman scored the next two points, one being set up perfectly by junior outside hitter Tia Andaya.

Freshman outside hitter Marianna Payne gave the Wildcats the biggest lead of the set 21-13. The Wildcats ended the first set with a spike by Hebert to win 25-19. 

The Wolves came out with a 2-0 lead to start the second set. Stires and senior blocker Leanna Shymanski kept the Wildcats in the set and were able to tie the score 7-7.

After the Wolves took an 8-7 lead, sophomore outside hitter Laynie Erickson tied it up again with a huge spike on the left side of the net to bring the score to 8-8. The Wildcats and Wolves went back and forth keeping the score even until the Wolves began hitting the net. Andaya then set up Payne to give the Wildcats a lead  15-11. Payne came back the next possession with another huge spike to go up 16-11. 

Andaya’s and Erickson’s back-to-back blocks alongside multiple Wolves’ mistakes put the Wildcats up 20-14. Andaya led the Wildcats to close out the second set with a few points of her own, as Daoud-Hebert sealed the second set for the Wildcats as they went on to win 25-19.

The Wildcats won the third set with a score of 25-13. The Wildcats took a quick 7-2 lead off of huge defensive plays from Shymanski, Daoud-Hebert and Kaufman. Junior setter Sydney Remsberg’s serve set up the Wildcats with a 22-12 lead and freshman libero Shaunessy Fisk delivered the winning service ace to give the Wildcats the 3-0 sweep. 

The Wildcats travel to play at Simon Fraser on Oct. 21 and Western Washington University on Oct. 23.