Whitworth Sweeps Whitman in Home Opener

Whitworth Sweeps Whitman in Home Opener

SPOKANE, Wash. – Whitworth posted a season-high hitting percentage of .315 while rolling to a 25-15, 25-17, 25-11 win over visiting Whitman in a Northwest Conference volleyball match on Wednesday night at the Whitworth Fieldhouse.

The Pirates improved to 5-6 overall and 2-1 in the NWC while the Blues fell to 1-7, 1-2.

Emiko Kahler had 11 kills for the Bucs.

"I liked our aggressive mentality tonight," said Whitworth head coach Kati Bodecker.  "Even in our out-of-system plays we did a good job communicating and we made something out of it."

The Pirates led from the beginning in each of the first two sets.  Whitworth jumped ahead 6-1 and 10-4 in the opening frame.  A kill by Kahler and a Whitman attack error extended the lead to 19-10 before a bad set by the Blues closed it out at 25-15.

A kill from Madison Douglas gave Whitworth a 9-3 lead in the second set.  The Pirates extended the lead to 19-8 following back-to-back service aces by Taylor Wicht.  Whitman made a mini-run, pulling to within 24-17 after a kill by Lara Temel.  But the Bucs ended the set 25-17 on a block from Douglas and Lauren Budde.

Whitman took its only lead of the match when Kalli Dickey's kill made the score 3-2 early in the third set.  The Blues were still within 12-8 in the final frame before Whitworth closed the match on a 13-3 run.  Kahler pounded five of her kills in the final set.

Cassandra Mendoza had nine kills and 14 digs for the Pirates.  Douglas finished with seven kills and a .467 hitting percentage.  She was also in on five blocks.  Budde also had seven kills and was in on three blocks.  Gracie Meiners dished 39 assists and had five kills of her own.  Wicht posted a match-high 20 digs to go along with four service aces.  Whitworth had 45 kills and only 10 errors to account for the season-high hitting percentage.

Dickey led the Blues with 11 kills.  Brooke Randall added seven kills.

Whitworth will return to action on Friday night when the Pirates host Willamette University.