Davis Nets NWC's Weekly Volleyball Honor

News Release Date:
Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Jillian Davis

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Jillian Davis, a first-year outside hitter on the Whitman College volleyball team, has netted Northwest Conference's weekly honors after leading the Missionaries to a pair of victories last Friday and Saturday.

Davis, who averaged 3.8 kills and 4.2 digs in last weekend's two five-set wins, was named NWC Student-Athlete of the Week for women's volleyball, the conference announced today.

With Davis serving as its primary offensive weapon and one of its key defenders, a young Whitman team has won five of its last eight games.

The Missionaries, who have no juniors or seniors on the roster, head to this weekend's final games in a three-way tie for fifth place, just a game out of fourth.

The hard-hitting Davis, who came to Whitman from Coronado High School in El Paso, Texas, had 21 kills and 23 digs in last Friday's victory over Linfield.

Her exploits against Linfield marked the NWC-leading sixth time this season she has surpassed the 20-kill plateau.

It also was the second time this fall she has topped 20 kills and 20 digs in the same match.

She added 17 kills and 19 digs in the win over Pacific on Saturday. She also had four service aces in the two matches, and her booming serve had opponents under pressure throughout the the weekend.

For the season, Davis leads the NWC in kills per game (3.67) and ranks eighth in digs per game (3.63). With 338 kills in 23 matches, she is the only player in the conference with more than 300 kills. 

Davis has reached double digits in kills and digs in 15 of her 23 matches this season. She fell short of two other double-doubles by one kill or one dig.

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; holden@whitman.edu