Davis, Brewer Named to NWC V-Ball Team

News Release Date:
Wednesday, November 9, 2011

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Whitman College sophomore Jillian Davis and junior teammate Courtney Brewer have earned All-Northwest Conference volleyball honors.

Jillian Davis

Davis, who battled through an injury-plagued season, was named to the All-NWC Second Team while Brewer received Honorable Mention recognition for a second straight season.

After an inactive preseason training camp, Davis missed three of six non-conference matches and Whitman's first two NWC encounters.

She played limited minutes in her initial return to the line-up, but her level of play continued to rise over the second half of the season.

Davis, a 5-foot-9 outside hitter, was named NWC Student-Athlete of the Week in late October after she averaged 4.1 kills and 2.2 digs in two home matches.

She sparked a four-set victory over Willamette by combining a match-high 16 kills (hitting .333) with 13 digs, two service aces and three block assists. She also drilled 21 kills the next night in a five-set battle with Linfield.

Davis averaged 4.2 kills per set over her final three matches. She collected 22 kills and 10 digs against Puget Sound, hit .357 with 19 kills and 13 digs against Whitworth, and blitzed Lewis & Clark with 18 kills and 21 digs.

In her 14 NWC matches, Davis averaged 3.05 kills per set, the sixth-best mark in the conference.

A year ago, when a healthy Davis was the only first-year player named to the All-NWC First Team, she led the conference in total kills by a wide margin, averaging 3.60 per set.

Davis capped last season by earning AVCA West Region Freshman of the Year honors.

Brewer, a 5-foot-11 middle blocker, was a key contributor to the Missionary offense this fall while also helping anchor Whitman's defensive block at the net.

Courtney Brewer

Second on the team in both kills and blocks, Brewer averaged 2.03 kills per set in 16 conference matches and was fifth in total blocks (58) during the conference season. 

Brewer teamed with Olivia Nielson, also a junior middle blocker, to help Whitman post the second-best blocking numbers in the NWC. The Missionaries as a team averaged more than two blocks per set.

Nielson was one of only five players in the conference to average more than one block per set on an individual basis.

Brewer's best matches this season came against Whitworth, when she hit .419 with 15 kills, nine digs and six block assists, and Linfield, when she again collected 15 kills while hitting .300 to go with two solo blocks and four block assists.

On the season, Brewer hit .221 in 22 matches. That was the ninth-best hitting percentage in the conference.

While she did not garner any all-conference honors, first-year libero Annie Sing finished third in the NWC in total digs (336) and fourth in digs per set (5.01 dps).

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