Davis, Brewer Net NWC Volleyball Honors

News Release Date:
Monday, November 8, 2010

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Jillian Davis, an outside hitter on the Whitman College volleyball team, is one of seven players -- and the only first-year athlete -- voted to the All-Northwest Conference First Team.

Jillian Davis

Middle blocker Courtney Brewer, a Whitman sophomore, received Honorable Mention recognition in the season-ending vote by conference coaches.

Courtney Brewer

At 5-feet-9, Davis turned heads in the NWC this fall with a powerful swing that generated 378 kills, which led the conference by a wide margin. Her kills-per-game average (3.60) ranked her second in that statistical category.

The versatile Davis (El Paso, Texas; Coronado HS) also delivered 28 service aces (the fifth-highest total in the NWC) and contributed on the defensive side with 387 digs. She was No. 8 in the conference in digs per game at 3.67.

At 5-feet-11, Brewer (Anchorage, Alaska; South Anchorage HS) helped anchor the middle on both defense and offense. She was ninth in the NWC in blocks (0.82 per game), 12th in hitting percentage (.202), and 20th in kills (2.06 per game).

With 86 total blocks (12 solo, 74 assists), Brewer finished with the second-highest total in the conference.

Sophomore teammate Olivia Nielson (Anchorage, Alaska; A.J. Dimond HS) had the NWC's top block total with 101 (14 solo, 87 asissts). Nielson was third in the conference in blocks per game at 0.96.

Jillian Davis

Davis reached double-digit numbers in both kills and digs in 17 of her 26 matches this season. She fell short of three other double-doubles by one kill or one dig, and she surpassed the 20-kill plateau in six matches, a number that led the NWC.

Davis played two of her best matches this fall in a season series split with Linfield. After combining 20 kills with 21 digs in a four-game loss at Linfield in early October, she powered Whitman to a 3-2 victory over the Wildcats in late October with 21 kills and 23 digs.

One night after the Linfield victory, Davis led Whitman to a 3-2 victory over Pacific with 17 kills, 19 digs and three service aces. Based on her performance in those two matches, she was named NWC Volleyball's Student-Athlete of the Week.

Season highlights for Brewer included a double-double (12 kills, 11 digs) against Pomona-Pitzer in which she hit .375 and also made seven blocks.

With Nielson notching nine blocks in that match and first-year setter Rachel Cline (Seattle, Wash.; Holy Names Academy) adding seven more, Whitman finished with a total of 31 blocks (19.5 total). No team in the NWC had as many blocks in a single match this season. 

Other Brewer highlights this season included 13 kills (.310 hitting percentage) in a victory over Puget Sound; nine kills, 20 digs and five blocks in a victory over Menlo; and 13 kills (.321), 12 digs and six blocks in a triumph over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

Cline also finished high among the NWC statistical leaders in service aces. She led the Missionaries with 31 aces, the third-highest total in the conference.

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