Willamette Rallies to Down Whitman in Five Games in NWC Volleyball

WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Visiting Willamette University rallied from a 2-1 deficit to claim a hard-fought five-game victory over Whitman College in Northwest Conference women's volleyball action Saturday night in Sherwood
Center. The scores were 28-30, 31-29, 30-32, 30-25, 15-9.

The Bearcatsimproved to 3-1 in conference, 9-3 on the season. It was the third straight NWC match that went to five games for Willamette. The Bearcats won two of those three matches.

The Missionaries dropped to 2-2 in NWC play and to 4-8 overall.

"The difference in the game tonight was that we couldn't stop the attack of Angie Sammons and Kristen Halleck," Whitman coach Dean Snider said.

Sammons led Willamette with 27 kills while hitting a robust .426. Her attacking sidekick Halleck added 23 kills along with 20 digs.

The Missionaries had three players with double-digit kills. First-year outside hitter Leslie Compean led with 16 kills, while Lydia Hayes and Natalie Kramer added 15 apiece.

Celia Batlan paced Willamette in digs with 22. Jessica Drumm collected 49 assists for the Bearcats.