Whitman volleyball team wins home opener

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WALLA WALLA — With Matt Helm coaching his first game on George Ball Court, the Whitman volleyball team delivered their most comprehensive victory of the season against Northwest Conference foe Willamette University Friday night, as the Missionaries overcame some early nerves and swept all three games from the Bearcats for a 27-25, 25-20, 25-18 victory.

The Missionary attack ran through junior Jillian Davis, who recorded 15 kills with just 5 errors in 30 attempts. Coming in behind her on the stat sheet were seniors Olivia Nelson and Courtney Brewer who recorded 8 and 7 kills respectively.

But Helm credited his bench players for bringing some heat as well.

“When we brought players off the bench, I think there was huge impact on the momentum of the game,” Helm said. “They really came in and performed at a very high level, and I think that’s something that won’t show up in the stats that had a huge impact on the game.”

The win was especially sweet for a Whitman program that has struggled in recent years.

Helm said the Missionaries are being “focused and positive.

“There were a few times tonight when we fell behind and made four or five errors in a row,” Helm said, “which gave Willamette some momentum, and these women just stepped forward and stayed positive to get the victory.”

The Missionaries Whilook to continue their run next weekend when they travel to Oregon for games against Lewis and Clark College and George Fox University.

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