Durham Named NWC Volleyball Student-Athlete of the Week

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

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette volleyball player Jessica Durham (Sr., OH, Medford, OR/North Medford HS), who led the Bearcats to a pair of victories this past weekend, has been named Northwest Conference Volleyball Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Oct. 20. Durham and the Bearcats defeated Whitworth University, 3-2, on Oct. 17 and rallied past Whitman College, 3-2, on Oct. 18.

Durham, who earned a .280 hitting percentage during the week, achieved 40 kills and averaged 4.0 kills per game. She also recorded 2.7 digs per game and 0.40 blocks per game.

She led the 'Cats in kills each night. Against Whitworth, she collected 21 kills, as WU won 19-25, 25-15, 25-15, 17-25, 15-12. During the win over Whitman, in which the Bearcats fell behind 2-0 before winning three consecutive sets, she produced 19 kills. WU prevailed in the match, 23-25, 22-25, 25-18, 25-18, 15-9.

Durham ranks first on Willamette's season stats with 196 kills and 2.80 kills per game. The Bearcats have won three consecutive NWC matches for the team's longest winning streak in conference play since taking four matches between Oct. 22 and Oct. 20 in 2004. This year, Willamette is 6-14 overall, 4-6 in the NWC.

Willamette, part of a four-way tie for fifth place in the NWC standings, will take on the University of Puget Sound, tied for first at 8-2, on Friday, Oct. 24 in Tacoma, Wash. The Bearcats will return home to face Linfield College (4-6) on Saturday, Oct. 25 at Cone Field House, starting at 7 p.m. (PDT).

Jessica Durham (right) led WU to victories over Whitman and Whitworth last week.

Jessica Durham (right) led WU to victories over Whitman and Whitworth last week.