Whitman blockers Megan Bafus (5) and Olivia Nielson (10) team up to stuff the ball back on the Pirates' side of the net Wednesday evening October 17, 2012.
Photo by Matthew Zimmerman Banderas.
WALLA WALLA — Whitworth could not overcome 11 errors and had no answer for Whitman’s .265 hitting percentage as the Missionaries won 3-0 (25-12, 25-8, 25-22).
Whitman improves to 7-11, 5-6 in Northwest Conference play, while Whitworth falls to 7-11 overall, and 3-8 in in league action.
Whitworth started the first set with back-to-back attack errors that gave Whitman a 2-0 lead. A kill by junior Briauna Stadeli, followed by a Whitman attack error pulled the Pirates within one, 5-4. Two plays later, junior Jalana White came up with a kill to make it 6-5 in favor of Whitman, but the Missionaries came up with four unanswered points to distance themselves from the Bucs. Whitman hit .194 in its first-set victory.
The Pirates tied the Missionaries 1-1, but it would be the only time Whitworth got close to Whitman in the second set. A kill from Jalana White made the score 8-6, but Whitman went on a 10-0 run that included three kills by Jillian Davis.
The Bucs’ .034 hitting percentage was an improvement from the first set, but could not compete with the Missionaries’ .438 hitting percentage.
Whitworth hit .079 to Whitman’s .179 in the third set, and the teams tied six times, exchanging leads twice.
The Pirates took their first lead of the night on a block by junior Kristine Kardell and freshman Nicole Leonard. Kills by Jalana White and junior Abi Hedlund increased the lead to 4-1. Whitman came back to tie the game but Hedlund had back-to-back aces to give Whitworth a 9-6 lead. The Missionaries again came back, this time taking the lead on a Whitworth attack error that gave them the momentum to finish the set and take the match.
Jillian Davis led Whitman with 13 kills, seven digs and a block. Davis hit .324 for the Missionaries. Olivia Nielson had 10 kills, an ace and a block for Whitman Hannah Linsenmayer and Becca Gotz had 18 and 12 digs, respectively. Gotz, Linsenmayer and Rachel Cline each had two aces.
Jalana White led the Pirates with seven kills and six digs. Nicole Leonard had 16 digs and three kills, while freshman Izze Ginley had 10 digs. Abi Hedlund finished the game with four kills, four digs and two aces.
Whitman visits Willamette University Friday at 7 p.m.