Whits 0-4 at Molten volleyball tournament

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Whitman College's volleyball team played the Whitworth Pirates for the second time on Saturday, losing both matches, and finished 0-4 in the Molten Colorado College Classic tournament.

The rematch between the Pirates and Missionaries was close. Whitman was nipped 25-23 and 25-22 in the first two games and then were tied 11-11 in third game. The Pirates took the game and match from there, winning the decisive third game 25-19.

Freshman Samantha Cahill got her first real shot in the Pirate rematch and responded. The 6-foot-1 Cahill had 11 kills, five digs and three block assists.

First-year libero Annie Sing had a team-high 11 digs, and junior Rachel Shober finished with seven.

Earlier in the day Saturday, Whitman fell to Whitworth in a five-game match. The Pirates won the first game and the teams alternated wins until the decisive fifth, where Whitworth won 15-13. Each game was close with no more than a seven-point spread.

Courtney Brewer and Olivia Nelson, Whitman's two junior blockers, played well, with Brewer recording 15 kills, nine digs, six block assists and two service aces. Nelson had 11 kills and five blocks.

Freshman Missionary Jazmin Moledina slammed 14 kills, collected 10 digs, three blocks and two aces.

Sophomores Rachel Cline and Taylor Aschenbrenner handed out 26 and 19 assists, respectively.

In Friday's action, Dominican University of Illinois beat up on Whitman in three games to take the match 25-21, 25-21 and 25-14.

Game one saw Whitman trail 15-8 and the Missionaries closed to 15-14 before falling by just four points.

Game two was especially close with 10 ties, the last at 17 apiece before the final loss by the Missionaries.

Whitman led 4-1 early in the third game, but was soon overtaken by a 9-1 Dominican scoring spree.

The Missionaries fell earlier in the day to No. 13 nationally ranked, and tournament host team, the Colorado College Tigers by scores of 25-20, 25-14 and 25-14.

Whitman battled Colorado in game one, coming back from an early 9-6 deficit to tie it at 13-all.

The teams battled back and forth until another tie at 19 apiece.

Then the Tigers won six of the last seven points for the victory.

The four consecutive losses leave Whitman's preaseason record at 1-4.

The Missionaries next travel to Spokane Tuesday for a 4 p.m. neutral-court match with the University of La Verne.

Whitman then hosts the opening of their Northwest Conference season next weekend, playing Pacific at 7 p.m. Friday and George Fox at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

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