WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The Whitman College volleyball team will be gunning for a second straight victory when it closes out its 2009 season against Pacific University at 5 p.m. Saturday in Sherwood Center.

The match also marks the last time Whitman seniors Alex Graves and Breanne Robirds will take to the floor in Missionary uniforms. Both will be honored in brief ceremonies immediately prior to the match.

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     Breanne Robirds
        Alex Graves

Graves, a graduate of Henry Gunn High School (Palo Alto, Calif.), is  a four-year starter at outside hitter and two-time captain.

Robirds, a graduate of Powell (Wyo.) High School, played her first two seasons at Northwest College in Powell and then transferred to Whitman last fall as a junior. Her uncle, Eric Robirds, played baseball at Whitman, graduating in 1983.

Graves, who missed or played limited minutes in 10 games as a sophomore due to injury, has nonetheless racked up impressive career numbers in her four seasons. She has amassed 930 kills, 1,117 digs, 112 service aces and 103 block assists.

Graves has reached double digits in both kills and digs in 35 matches over the past two seasons. She had a career-high 31 digs in a match earlier this fall, and she combined a career-high 24 kills with 18 digs in one match during her junior campaign. As a sophomore, she had seven aces in one match alone.

This season, Graves is averaging 3.93 kills per game against NWC opponents, which is tops in the conference. She also is averaging 4.07 digs per game for the season as a whole, which ranks her sixth in the NWC.

Graves was voted by coaches to the All-NWC Second Team at the end of her junior season. She also received Academic All-District honors last fall.

Robirds has made most of her contributions on defense in her two seasons at Whitman, collecting a total of 252 digs. As a junior, in her best match as a Missionary, she combined 10 kills with 14 digs, four service aces and three block assists.

This fall, Robirds matched her career high in digs with 14 against two different conference opponents. She is one of four Missionaries averaging more than two digs per game.

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