Whitman VB Trio Pelts Wildcats With Kills
News Release Date:
Friday, October 29
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Jillian Davis, Carrie Cecil and Courtney Brewer combined for 41 kills to power Whitman College to a 3-2 volleyball victory (17-25, 25-23, 25-18, 26-28, 15-12) over Linfield College Friday night in Sherwood Center.
The young Missionaries, after squandering a 19-12 lead in losing the fourth set, pulled away from a 10-10 tie in the deciding fifth game set to nail down the triumph.
Winning for the fourth time in seven matches, Whitman improved to 4-9 in the Northwest Conference and 7-15 overall.
The Wildcats, losing their fourth straight decision, slipped to 6-7 in the NWC and 8-13 overall.
Davis, a first-year outside hitter, knocked down 21 kills, surpassing the 20-kill plateau for an NWC-leading sixth time this season. She also collected 23 digs, helping the Missionaries battle Linfield, one of the NWC's top defensive teams, to a virtual stalemate in the dig department.
Cecil and Brewer, both sophomores, added 11 and nine kills, respectively, while a third sophomore Olivia Nielson had seven kills and made six blocks at the net. Brewer finished with five blocks while first-year middle blocker Maddy Bell added four more.
Two more first-year players, setter Taylor Aschenbrenner and libero Becca Gotz, also made big contributions with 39 assists and 20 digs, respectively. Sophomore Rachel Shober chipped in with 18 digs and Cecil had 12.
Kelsey Ludin led Linfield in kills with 12. The Wildcats also got 10 kills and 14 digs from Samantha Lau and 10 kills and nine digs from Tara Hill.
Linfield's Bethany Dickey scooped a match-high 27 digs. Emily Carpenter and Cora Hall combined for 36 Wildcat assists.
With the fifth set in its sixth tie at 10-10, Nielson made a block at the net and followed with a kill. Bell's block and a final Davis kill made it 14-10 Whitman. Linfield repelled two match points before a Wildcat serve into the net gave Whitman the win.
After Linfield took game one with relative ease, Whitman fought through 12 tie scores to win the second set by two points. Kills by Davis and Nielson accounted for the last two Missionary points after Linfield had pulled even at 23-all.
Leading 20-17 in game three, Whitman got kills from Cecil, Brewer and Davis, and a set-clinching service ace from Brewer, to seize the match momentum.
Whitman raced away to a 19-12 lead in the fourth set before Linfield came rolling back to even the score at 21-21. Two kills by Rosa Gimson and two Carpenter aces fueled the run along with a series of Missionary attack errors.
Whitman failed to convert a match point at 24-23 and Linfield later did the same with a 25-24 lead. After a second Whitman match point slipped away, Linfield reeled off three straight points to take the set and force a fifth. Ludin picked off two of those points with a kill and a service ace.
Whitman plays its final home match of the season at 5 p.m. Saturday when it hosts Pacific.
Linfield travels to Spokane Saturday to play Whitworth at 7 p.m.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; firstname.lastname@example.org