NWC Names Graves V-Ball Player of Week

News Release Date:
Monday, September 15, 2008

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Alex Graves, a junior outside hitter on the Whitman College women's volleyball team, has been named co-winner of the Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week for volleyball.

Graves averaged 3.69 kills and 3.77 digs per game in four matches last weekend and was named to the all-tourney team at the five-team Colorado College Classic. She also had four service aces, three of which came in a match against Whittier College.

She shares this week's NWC volleyball award with Pacific Lutheran's Kelsie Moore, who had 10 kills and 24 digs in a four-game victory over Saint Martin's. 

In Whitman's tourney action on Saturday, Graves slammed a match-high 15 kills against host Colorado and combined 13 kills with 13 digs against nationally-ranked Concordia-Moorhead. She had 12 kills and 17 digs in the Whittier match on Friday.  

Nine matches into the season, Graves is averaging an NWC-best 3.57 kills per game. She ranks third in digs, averaging 4.27 per game. One of her teammates, sophomore libero Kelsie Butts, is No. 2 in the NWC in digs at 4.34 per game.

Graves, a 5-foot-9 team captain, leads the Missionaries into the start of NWC play this weekend. Whitman hosts Lewis & Clark at 7 p.m. Friday and Willamette at 5 p.m. Saturday. Both matches take place in Sherwood Center.

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