Whitman volleyball loses to Whittier

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SPOKANE — Whitman College saw its mini-two-game volleyball win streak snapped here Friday at the Whit Classic at Whitworth University as Whittier College outlasted the Missionaries 25-22, 24-26, 17-25, 25-18, 15-12.

The non-league defeat dropped Whitman’s season record to 2-3 heading into two more matches here Saturday. The Missionaries are matched against Luther College at 2 p.m. before taking on tournament host and Northwest Conference rival Whitworth at 4 p.m.

Saturday’s matches will be Whitman’s final two tests before heading into NWC play next weekend. The Missionaries travel to Tacoma to take on the University of Puget Sound Loggers Friday at 7 p.m. and the Pacific Lutheran University Lutes Saturday at 5 p.m.

“These were some tough matches,” first-year Whitman coach Matt Helm said of Friday’s loss to Whittier. “But the girls played hard all the way through. We just couldn’t pull through at the end.

“We went up two games to one,” Helm added. “There were some good lessons learned throughout the day and we look forward to Saturday.”

Junior Jillian Davis (El Paso, Texas) led the Missionaries at the net with 11 kills and contributed eight digs as well. Senior Courtney Brewer (Anchorage, Alaska) was right behind Davis with 10 kills and added five blocks to her day’s work.

Juniors Rachel Cline (Seattle) and Taylor Aschenbrenner (Tumwater, Wash.) shared the setting duties for Whitman and finished with 16 and 15 assists, respectively. Cline also totaled 12 digs for the match.

Senior Rachel Shober (Monroe, Wash.) led Whitman with 23 digs and junior Becca Gotz (Bothell, Wash.) added 17 digs. Olivia Nielson, another senior from Anchorage, totaled six blocks to lead the team in that category.

Whittier’s Alyssa Sialaris led all players with 25 kills, Torrey Mitsunaga posted a 36-assist game and Lindsey Kish accrued 17 digs, with Sialaris and Maria Montero coming up with 16 digs each.

Whitman began its season Aug. 31 with three-game losses to St. Norbert College and Carleton College at the Elmhurst College tournament in Elmhurst, Ill. But the Whits rebounded the following day to defeat Albion College in four games and John Carrol College in three to even their record at 2-2.

The Missionaries will be looking for a similar rebound Saturday during their second day of action in the Whitworth tournament.

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