McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Whitworth University lost 25-23, 21-25, 25-13, 27-25 at Linfield College in the Northwest Conference volleyball season finale for both teams on Saturday night.
The Pirates led 14-4 in the fourth set before the Wildcats rallied to complete the win. Whitworth ends the season 15-10 overall and 12-4 for second place in the NWC while Linfield closes 11-12, 5-11.
The Pirates led the opening set 22-20 after a Wildcat attack error. But Linfield outscored Whitworth 5-1 down the stretch, winning the set on a kill by Mattie Kelly.
The Wildcats took a 10-6 lead in the second set before Whitworth went on a 10-3 run to take control. The Pirates won the set on a Linfield service error.
The third set was all Linfield as Whitworth finished the frame with more errors (10) than kills (9).
The Pirates looked poised to send the match to a fifth set after jumping out to the ten-point lead in the fourth stanza. Linfield rallied to take a 21-20 lead before the teams traded leads three times down the stretch. Whitworth was whistled for four of their season-high five ball-handling errors in the fourth set, helping fuel the Wildcats' rally.
Lauren Budde led the Pirates with 13 kills and added four block assists. Emiko Kahler and Corinne Bell had nine kills apiece. Madison Douglas was in on five blocks and finished with eight kills. Whitworth ended the match with a .138 team hitting percentage.
Taylor Peterson had 11 kills and was in on eight blocks to lead Linfield in scoring. Darian Stedman also had 11 kills. The Wildcats hit .201 as a team.