Kahler Nets 1,000th Kill as Bucs Sweep

Kahler Nets 1,000th Kill as Bucs Sweep

SALEM, Ore. – Emiko Kahler had 15 kills and hit .351 to lead visiting Whitworth to a three-set sweep over Willamette in a Northwest Conference volleyball match on Friday night at Cone Field House.

The Pirates (11-4 overall, 5-0 NWC) defeated the Bearcats (3-11, 2-3) 25-12, 25-20, 25-14 thanks to Kahler's kills and a strong blocking night from Iris Tikhonov and Madison Douglas.

Kahler surpassed 1,000 career kills with her big night.  She now has 1,004 in her caeer.

Whitworth never trailed in the opening set, hitting .325 as a team with 15 kills and only two errors in 40 total attacks. Meanwhile the Bucs held Willamette to a .000 hitting percentage with seven kills and seven errors in 36 attempts.

The second set featured six ties and four lead changes.  Willamette took a 19-18 lead on a service ace by Dani Queja, but Whitworth finished the set on a 7-1 run.  Abby Wolverton was in on a pair of blocks and Joelle Forbes ended the set with a kill.

Whitworth dominated the final set as well, pulling away from a 4-4 tie with a 7-0 run. Kahler's kill made it 19-8 and the Pirates cruised to the win from that point.

Kahler finished with a match-high 17 points, including a pair of block assists and an ace.  Tikhonov had six kills and was in on six blocks (one solo, five assists).  Douglas also had six blocks and finished with four block assists.  Saylor Anderson led the Bucs with 21 assists and finished with 10 digs.

Queja had 10 kills and an ace to lead Willamette. 

Whitworth will complete its trip to Oregon with a contest at Linfield on Saturday night.