Willamette Drops Two Matches on First Day of Volleyball Tournament

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

SALEM, ORE. -- The Bearcats opened the 2007 season with a pair of losses at the Willamette University Volleyball Tournament on Friday, Aug. 31 at Cone Field House. Willamette fell to Warner Pacific College, 3-0, in the first match, as the Knights won 30-18, 30-27, 30-25. In WU's second match, UC-Santa Cruz claimed a 3-1 victory by scores of 30-25, 31-29, 24-30 and 30-28.

In the match against Warner Pacific, Jessica Durham (Jr., OH, Medford, OR/North Medford HS) led the Bearcats with 16 kills and seven digs. Kelley Lindstrom (Jr., OH, Banks, OR/Banks HS) added eight kills and no attacking errors on 17 total attacks for a .471 hitting percentage. Brittany Ashby (Jr., S, Federal Way, WA/Decator HS) earned 30 assists. The Knights were led by Kara VanZanten, who achieved a team-high 18 kills to go with 10 digs.

Against UC-Santa Cruz, the Bearcats registered 18 service aces and just six serving errors. The Banana Slugs limited WU to a .065 team hitting percentage. UCSC received 32 digs from libero Melinda Tom. Durham topped Willamette's offensive chart with 14 kills, while Julie Stutzman (Jr., MB, Olympia, WA/Olympia HS) provided nine kills, a .316 hitting percentage, a match-high seven service aces, eight digs and five block solos.

Gillian McGraw earned 17 kills for Santa Cruz, while Nicole Payne added 15 kills. Amy Knight recorded 51 assists for UCSC, while Ashby produced 40 assists for Willamette. The Bearcats received 15 digs from Christine Dion (So., LIB, San Jose, CA/Univ. of Portland) and 14 digs from Edyth Lee-Barnes (So., OH, Corvallis, OR/Corvallis HS).

Willamette will conclude the tournament with two matches on Saturday, Sept. 1. The Bearcats will take on Eastern Oregon University at 2 p.m. (PDT) and will face George Fox University at 6 p.m. (PDT).

Match #1 - Warner Pacific 3, Willamette 0 - Box Score

Match #2 - UC-Santa Cruz 3, Willamette 1 - Box Score

Complete Results from Friday, Aug. 31
Warner Pacific defeated Linfield, 30-25, 31-29, 21-30, 26-30, 15-10
UC-Santa Cruz defeated Eastern Oregon, 30-27, 30-23, 30-18
Warner Pacific defeated Willamette, 30-18, 30-27, 30-25
Cal State-East Bay defeated Linfield, 30-23, 30-19, 30-22
George Fox defeated Eastern Oregon, 30-27, 30-28, 18-30, 30-20
UC-Santa Cruz defeated Willamette, 30-25, 31-29, 24-30, 30-28

Jessica Durham earned 16 kills against Warner Pacific and 14 kills versus UC-Santa Cruz.

Jessica Durham earned 16 kills against Warner Pacific and 14 kills versus UC-Santa Cruz.