Whitman College nets two weekend volleyball wins

Whitman defeats Linfield and Pacific in Northwest Conference action.


WALLA WALLA - The Whitman volleyball team took two five-game victories in Northwest Conference action over the weekend at George Ball Court in the Sherwood Center.

The Missionaries have won five of their last eight matches.

On Friday, the Missionaries beat Linfield 17-25, 25-23, 25-18, 26-28 and 15-12.

Jillian Davis eclipsed the twenty kill mark for the NWC leading sixth time this season on Friday.

Against Pacific Saturday, Whitman won 25-19, 18-25, 25-12. 15-25 and 15-10.

Davis didn't disappoint. She had 17 kills in the victory and 19 digs.

"Jillian did really great," Whitman coach Carolyn Papineau said. "She is just a freshman with a lot of potential. Jillian is learning to adapt her game to the college level and raise it up another notch. She was fantastic."

Carrie Cecil was second in kills, posting 14 Saturday.

Cecil also had two block assists, two service aces and five digs.

"Carrie has definitely matured as a sophomore," Papineau said. "She hasn't had as much experience playing volleyball coming before college but she is learning, working hard and starting to play well."

Olivia Nielson attacked at .556, making 10 kills.

Courtney Brewer added eight kills on 21 attacks.

"We played together better as team this weekend," Papineau said. "Our serve-receive game is getting better and I also really give a lot of credit to Taylor Aschenbrenner for spreading around the offense and finding hitters."

Aschenbrenner had 42 assists in Friday's win against Linfield.

Coming into the match, Whitman's team was second in blocks in the NWC and Linfield was third.

The two teams tied for blocks on the night with five apiece.

"The blocks was something that I could have seen happen more," Papineau said. "But we're developing as a team, winning in different ways. We served strong tonight and had a strong hitting performance."

Whitman defeated Linfield 15-10 in the deciding fifth set.

The match was a see-saw affair to a tie score of four.

Then Whitman ran off six straight points to make it 10-4.

Whitman's run was highlighted by two kills by Nielson and one by Davis.

The two teams battled through the rest of the deciding fifth set.

Alexa Block of Pacific tried to lead her team back with three kills but to no avail in the final set.

In the two games, the volleyball teams split and Davis led Whitman with five kills in each of first two games.

As a team, the Missionaries had 14 kills on 29 total attacks, a percentage of .448.

Whitman also served nine of 12 from service for 75 percent.

Whitman's Cecil posted six kills alone in the third set.

Whitman is now 5-9 in league and 8-15 overall.

The Missionaries have three games remaining in the season, beginning with a non conference match at Lewis-Clark State Wednesday in Lewiston.


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