WALLA WALLA, Wash. – After Whitman College dominated the Las Vegas Blast women's volleyball tournament, it was not surprising that two of its players were named to the all-tourney team.
Kristan Brown, a junior setter playing not too far from her home in Reno, Nev., was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Brown, who played her prep ball at Reno's Sage Ridge High School, averaged 11.66 assists per game in directing Whitman to four consecutive 3-0 tournament victories.
Rosa Brey, a junior middle blocker and the focal point of Whitman's offense, was also named to the all-tournament team. She averaged 3.83 kills per game with a sizzling .500 hitting percentage.
"I think they picked Kristan for the Outstanding Player award because of the role she played as the team's setter," first-year Whitman coach Carolyn Papineau said. "A good setter takes command of the floor and runs the offense, and that's what Kristan did all weekend. She got the ball to Rosa in key situations and she also spread the offense along the front row. She played some amazing defense at times and did a good job with her serving."
Brown had a team-high 20 digs and three block assists in Whitman's victory over Rivier College. She added four kills in six attempts with no errors in that match as well. Her tourney totals included eight kills (.350 hitting percentage), 38 digs and nine block assists.
Meanwhile, Brey's hitting percentage in the four matches ranged from a low of .308 to a high of .857. She committed just six hitting errors in the four matches, with five of those mistakes coming in one match.
In Whitman's victory over Rivier, Brey (Bozeman, Mont.; Bozeman HS) slammed 12 kills in just 14 attempts with no errors. She also had six block assists and one solo block. For the tournament, Brey collected a total of 46 kills and 17 block assists.
Whitman was the only team in the season-opening tournament to go undefeated.- 30 -