Central Washington Upsets No. 8 Augustana

9/13/2008

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Central Washington junior Erin Norris (Spokane/Mead HS) had match-highs of 15 kills and three service aces to lead the Wildcats to a four-set upset victory over eighth-ranked Augustana College in the Wildcats' final match at the Concordia Radisson Roseville Classic on Saturday.

The Wildcats finished the tournament with a 1-3 record, but improved to 8-4 overall with the win over the Vikings. Central opened play on Saturday with a three-set loss to 13th-ranked Southweest Minnesota State.

Norris hit .414 in the win over Augustana in helping the Wildcats to their highest single-match hitting percentage of the season at .306. Senior teammate Lauren Vercammen (Bellingham/Squalicum HS) had a career-high 11 kills, with Kayla Roof (Eatonville) and Rachael Schurman (Spokane/Mead HS) adding 10 kills apiece to aid the Wildcat attack.

Sophomore Brandie Vea (Honolulu, Hawaii/Kalani HS) and Roof had 20 and 16 digs, respectively, while Schurman had six total blocks to lead the defensive effort for the Wildcats in the 25-20, 25-16, 20-25, 25-22 win. Senior setter Maggie Olson (Snoqualmie/Mount Si HS) set the offense with 48 assists and added four kills, two aces, and seven digs.

In the opening match of the day with Southwest Minnesota State, Schurman had eight kills but the Wildcats finished with a season-low .073 hitting percentage in falling to the Mustangs by a score of 25-14, 25-18, 25-11.

Central totaled just 25 kills in the match to the Mustangs' 46 kills, and SMSU's Kasey Loeslie finished with 15 kills and a .542 hitting percentage in the match.

Defensively, Vea (20 digs) and Roof (10 digs) again led the passing efforts for the Wildcats.

Central Washington opens Great Northwest Athletic Conference action next Thursday (Sept. 18) as it hosts Montana State Billings at Nicholson Pavilion. The Wildcats will also face Saint Martin's next Saturday (Sept. 20) as a part of an abbreviated two-match home stand to debut league play.

Article courtesy of Central Washignton athletics.

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