Pacific hands Whitman College four-set volleyball defeat

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FOREST GROVE, Ore. - Whitman College absorbed its third-straight four-set volleyball loss (25-19, 25-22, 21-25, 25-21) in a Northwest Conference battle with Pacific here Saturday night.

Whitman dropped to 0-6 in the NWC and 3-11 on the season.

The Boxers, combining 63 kills with 59 assists and 73 digs, are 1-5 and 2-12.

The Missionaries got off to promising start in the first set, moving in front 14-9. The surge included two blocks by Courtney Brewer and Taylor Aschenbrenner, two kills by Jillian Davis, and a kill and service ace by Carrie Cecil.

With Whitman leading 15-11 following a Rachel Shober kill, the Boxers bit off eight straight points for a 19-15 cushion. Whitman responded with three points of its own, but Pacific finished off the set on a 6-1 run.

The two sides traded spurts in game two. A 5-0 Pacific scoring spree staked the Boxers to a 9-4 lead, which eventually ballooned to 16-9 and 20-13. Whitman battled back with six unanswered points, three coming on two Olivia Nielson service aces and a Nielson-Shober block.

Pacific responded by taking three of the next four points and put game two away on a kill by Keahi Braginsky-Ahloo.

Set three was close until Whitman pieced together an 8-2 run for a 20-14 lead. Nielson contributed to the outburst with two kills and two more block assists. The Boxers inched within 24-21 but a service error handed the game to the Missionaries.

The fourth set also was close, although Whitman crept in front 16-13. Pacific countered with a 6-0 run and eventually scored the final two points to wrap up the match.

Brewer hit .321 with 11 kills to go with eight digs and four block assists. Davis combined 14 kills with 16 digs, Aschenbrenner was good for 39 assists and eight digs, and Nielson chipped in with seven kills, four aces and three blocks.

Whitman begins a five-match homestand at 6 p.m. Wednesday with a non-conference match with Lewis-Clark State.

That match starts at 6 p.m. in Sherwood Center.

Whitman returns to NWC action next weekend, hosting Lewis & Clark on Friday (7 p.m.) and Willamette on Saturday (5 p.m.).

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