NEWBERG, Ore. — Whitman had its three game Northwest Conference win streak snapped here Saturday night, as George Fox took a decisive fifth set 16-14 to pull out a 3-2 win.
The Missionaries took the first set 27-25, but the Bruins responded by taking a 2-1 lead with 25-15 and 25-20 wins. Whitman got it even with a 25-16 win in set four to force a decisive set five.
Erin Campbell put the Bruins in charge with a kill shot at 15-14 and a Whitman hitting error closed it out as the Bruins emerged with the set win at 16-14 and a 3-2 match win.
Whitman drops to 3-1 in NWC play.
Shae Kanakaole led the Missionary hitters with 19 kills for the match. Davis added 17 and Hannah Linsenmayer led the Whitman defenders with 25 digs for the match.
On Friday, Whitman beat Pacific 3-0 in Forest Grove, Ore. Whitman posted 25-18, 25-20 wins, and pulled out a 26-24 third set win to clinch the match.
In the victory, the Missionaries got efficient performances from outside hitter Kanakaole with 10 kills and setter Rachel Cline with seven kills, 12 assists and six digs.
On the defensive side of the net, Madeline Bell recorded a match-high five blocks for the Missionaries and Linsenmayer provided 19 digs.
In the decisive third set, the Boxers came back from a 15-10 deficit to tie the set at 16-16. The Boxers took the lead at 23-22, but the Missionaries reclaimed the lead, 24-23, on a Bafus kill. Pacific drew even, but a service ace from Davis and a Pacific attack error sealed the victory for Whitman.
“It was a great team win,” Whitman coach Matt Helm said. “We stayed very poised throughout the match and it was great to have players off the bench contribute in pressure situations.”
Whitman returns to Sherwood Center Friday to host Pacific Lutheran at 7 p.m.