Whitworth Defeats Willamette, 3-0, in Northwest Conference Match

SPOKANE, WASH. -- Nicole Vander Meulen provided 13 kills and Angie Florence added 11 kills, leading Whitworth College to a 30-22, 30-14, 30-28 victory over Willamette University in a Northwest Conference contest, Oct. 14 at the Whitworth Fieldhouse. Whitworth recorded 15 or more kills in all three games, as the Pirates moved to 5-16 overall and 4-6 in the NWC. Willamette had 13 kills in the first game and 15 in the third, but fell to 4-16 overall, 0-10 in the NWC.

Jessica Durham (So., OH, Medford, OR/North Medford HS) earned nine kills and 12 digs for Willamette. Mary Butler (So., MB, Robbins, CA/Yuba City HS) contributed eight kills, while Alona Lyamin (Jr., LIB/DS, Moses Lake, WA/Moses Lake Christian Academy/Big Bend CC) led the Bearcats with 16 digs. Julie Stutzman (Fr., OH, Olympia, WA/Olympia HS) and Jessica Drumm (Jr., S, Salem, OR/South Salem HS) produced 12 digs apiece. Drumm also registered 14 assists, while Brittany Ashby (So., S, Federal Way, WA/Decator HS) supplied 11 assists.

The Pirates led 13-9 and 16-11 in the first game, before gradually achieving a 30-22 win. Whitworth held the Bearcats to five kills in the second game to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

Willamette rallied from an 18-14 deficit in the third game to take a 23-22 lead on a kill by Drumm. The Bearcats led 25-23 following a block by Butler and Drumm. The Pirates tied the game at 25-25, but Willamette regained an advantage at 26-25 and 27-26. Whitworth tied the game at 27, then Vander Meulen earned kills on three of the next four rallies, as the Pirates completed the match with a 30-28 win.

Vander Meulen and Florence combined for 24 of Whitworth’s 48 kills. Nikki Bardwell, Tamra Stark and Holly Tomlin each added eight kills for the Pirates. Florence added a match-high 20 digs, while Cassie Moore earned 18 digs and Holly Ridings tacked on 17 digs. Ridings also amassed 43 assists.

The Bearcats play again on Friday, Oct. 20, in a Northwest Conference game at Pacific University. Match time in Forest Grove, Ore., is slated for 7 p.m. (PDT).