The Whitworth volleyball team returns home to host a pair of games in the Whitworth Fieldhouse as part of the Homecoming weekend festivities.
The Pirates will host Pacific (Ore.) on Friday at 7 pm and Linfield on Saturday at 7 pm. Both teams are ahead of Whitworth in the Northwest Conference standings. Pacific is tied with George Fox for third, while Linfield is part of a three-way tie with Lewis & Clark and Whitman for fifth. The Bucs are tied with Willamette for eighth.
Live stats will be available for both games.
A live video feed will also be available for the games.
The Pirates: Whitworth dropped a pair of road games last weekend. The Pirates are currently holding a 5-8 record overall and are 1-5 in NWC play.
The Bucs played at Lewis & Clark on Friday night. Whitworth struggled offensively and the Pioneers won in three sets, 25-16, 25-21, 25-18. The Pirates hit just .035 for the game and had 21 attack errors. Two of the Bucs recorded six kills on the night to lead the team, but the Pioneers countered with two of their own players recording 12 kills apiece.
On Saturday, Whitworth faced George Fox. The Pirates hit better, with a hitting percentage of .143, but it was not enough to challenge the .314 hitting percentage of the Bruins. George Fox took the victory in three sets, 25-18, 25-17, 25-20. Junior Jalana White had a game-high 13 kills, but the Bruins had four team blocks. Sophomore Tori LaBrie had six kills and no errors to have a game-high hitting percentage of .545, but George Fox had two players with hitting percentages above .425.
Freshman Nicole Leonard continues to lead the team, and remains among the top five in the conference for her 3.19 kills per set. Jalana White is second on the team with an average of 3.06 kills per set. Freshman Maddye Dinsmore made her return for the Bucs over the weekend. Dinsmore is averaging 8.55 assists per set. In her absence, freshman Shawna Korshavn stepped in and averaged 6.66 assists per set for Whitworth.
Junior Abi Hedlund averages .28 service aces per set for the Bucs. Hedlund has recorded 11 aces so far this season to lead the team.
Defensively, junior Briauna Stadeli is averaging .63 blocks per set while Jalana White averages .55 blocks per set. Stadeli has had two solo blocks and assisted on 27 blocks this season; White has had six solo blocks and assisted on 20 blocks in 2012.
The Boxers: Pacific (Ore.) comes into the game with an overall record of 5-9 and an NWC record of 4-2 after splitting a pair of games last weekend. The Boxers hosted No. 18 Pacific Lutheran on Friday evening, losing to the Lutes 3-0, before turning around and defeated No. 17 Colorado College 3-2 on Saturday.
Tiana Greehalgh leads the team and is among the top five in the conference for her .39 service aces per set. She has recorded 21 aces so far this season. Marie Rewick and Alexa Block lead the team in kills per set, averaging 3.15 and 2.91, respectively. Rewick has a hitting percentage of .169, while Block has a .158 hitting percentage.
Mariah McHolland leads the team with an average of .89 blocks per set. She has had six solo blocks and assisted on 42 blocks already this season. Emily Farnham is averaging 8.46 assists per set, while Megan Zablan averages 7.30 assists per set.
The Wildcats: Linfield (7-7, 2-4 NWC) comes into this weekend's game after going 0-2 at home last weekend. The Wildcats lost to No. 17 Colorado College 3-0 on Friday night and lost to No. 10 UPS 3-1 on Saturday night.
Kailana Ritte-Camara leads the team with a .142 hitting percentage and is averaging 2.76 kills per set for the Wildcats. Leimomi Hookano is averaging 2.17 kills per set.
Victoria Thompson is averaging .88 blocks per set for Linfield. She has had eight solo blocks and assisted on 36 blocks this season. Audrey Fraizer is averaging 8.57 assists per set.
Home Cooking: Whitworth has a record of 21-4 in Whitworth Fieldhouse dating back to the 2010 season. The record includes last season's 9-0 home court record and a 4-2 record so far for the 2012 season. The Pirates are looking to keep a winning home court record for the third season in a row. The last time the Pirates were below .500 at home was during the 2009 season.
The Coach: Steve Rupe has a record of 208-145 during his 14 year tenure as the Pirates volleyball head coach. He has been named NWC Coach of the Year four times (2001, 2002, 2010 and 2011) and AVCA Coach of the Year once (2005). Rupe is the winningest coach in school history as well as the longest serving Pirate volleyball coach. During his tenure, Whitworth has won five NWC titles and has advanced to the NCAA Division III finals twice (2002, 2005).
Next Up: Whitworth will remain at home, hosting No. 17 Pacific Lutheran on Friday, October 12 and No. 10 Puget Sound on Saturday, October 13.