Volleyball Wraps Up 2012 Season In Oregon

The Whitworth volleyball team will face Pacific (Ore.) and Linfield this weekend in the last two games of the 2012 season.  The Pirates will face the Boxers at 7:00 pm on Friday, November 2nd and the Wildcats at 5:00 pm on Saturday, November 3rd.

Live stats will be available for the Pacific (Ore.) game.

Live stats and video will be available for the Linfield game.

Northwest Conference Standings: Whitworth moved up in the NWC standings following back-to-back wins over the weekend. The Pirates are now tied with Willamette for sixth place. Pacific Lutheran maintained its hold on the top spot. Pacific (Ore.) is in third while Linfield is in seventh place.

Last Time Out: The Pirates closed out the home portion of their 2012 season with wins over Lewis & Clark and George Fox. The back-to-back home wins are the first that the Pirates have had since their last two games of the Whit Classic in September.

On Friday night, Whitworth started out strong, hitting .231 in the first set. The Lewis & Clark came back to win the second set, though it was a close one with nine ties and seven lead changes. The third set started out close before Whitworth took the lead at 13-12 and carried it out to the end. The Pirates looked to be in control of the fourth set, but the Pioneers came back to tie the game 23-23. Lewis & Clark went ahead 24-23, but the Pirates pulled together and made a run to take the game. Whitworth won 3-1 (25-14, 22-25, 25-19, 26-24).

The Bucs swept George Fox on Saturday night, winning in three straight sets (27-25, 25-15, 25-15). The first set was one of runs, as every time the Pirates jumped out to a lead, the Bruins responded with a run of their own. Whitworth was able to put together the last run and won the set. Whitworth rebounded from -0.12 first set hitting percentage to hit .323 on its way to a second set victory. The Pirates took control of the third set early. After a 1-1 tie, Whitworth went on a 6-0 run that proved to be too much for George Fox to overcome.

Pirate Leaders:  Junior Jalana White leads the team with 3.25 kills per set, while freshman Nicole Leonard is second, averaging 2.88 kills per set. Freshman Maddye Dinsmore leads the team with an 8.85 assists per set average.

Junior Briauna Stadeli has seven solo blocks and 46 block assists for a 0.66 blocks per set average, which is the best on the team. Jalana White has recorded a team-high 13 solo blocks and has 34 block assists for an average of 0.58 blocks per set.

Six Bucs have recorded double digit aces this season. Junior Abi Hedlund leads the team with 19 aces, while Maddye Dinsmore has served up 18 aces in 2012. Nicole Leonard has 13 aces this season, while junior Anna Buck has 11 aces. Jalana White and junior Whitney Santos each have 10 aces in 2012.

Nicole Leonard is averaging 4.30 digs per set, which is the best on the team. Whitney Santos comes in just behind her with an average of 4.18 digs per set.

The Boxers: Pacific (Ore.) split a pair of games last week, first defeating Linfield 3-1 in McMinnville on Wednesday, and then losing at Pacific Lutheran 3-0 on Saturday.

Marie Rewick leads the Boxers with 3.13 kills per set. Alexa Block is second on the team with 2.85 kills per set. Emily Farnham is averaging 7.45 assists per set, while Megan Zablan averages 7.79 assists per set. Mariah McHolland has recorded 15 solo blocks and 75 block assists this season, which averages out to 1.05 blocks per set.

Five Pacific players have recorded double digit services aces in 2012. Tiana Greenhalgh leads the way with 26 aces, while Mariah McHolland and Emily Farnham are second on the team with 18 aces each. Haley Bedell has served up 12 aces this season and Marie Rewick has 11 aces. 

Becky Sheller has 420 digs this season and averages 5.00 digs per set to lead the team. Marie Rewich averages 2.45 digs per set and Tiana Greenhalgh averages 2.33 digs per set.

The Boxers defeated the Pirates 3-2 in the Whitworth Fieldhouse in early October.

The Wildcats: Linfield dropped a pair of games last week, first falling to Pacific (Ore.) 3-1 on Wednesday at home, and then losing at Puget Sound 3-1 on Saturday.

Kailana Ritte-Camara averages 2.72 kills per set to lead the Wildcats, while Leimomi Hookano averages 2.20 kills per set. Audrey Frazier leads the team in assists per set, averaging 8.42. Victoria Thompson has recorded 16 solo blocks and assisted on 56 blocks for an average of 0.86 blocks per set to lead Linfield.

Six Wildcats have recorded double digit aces this season. Audrey Frazier leads the way as she has served up 32 aces in 2012 and is averaging 0.36 service aces per set. Kelsey Ludin and Kailana Ritte-Camamra are second on the team with 25 aces apiece. Courtney Wanamaker (22), Courtney Uyeda (20) and Leimomi Hookano (12) have also recorded double digit aces this fall.

Courtney Wanamaker averages 4.48 digs per set to lead the Wildcats, while Courtney Uyeda is second on the team with 3.28 digs per set.

NWC Leaders: All three teams have at least two players that rank among the top five in the conference in various categories going into this weekend's games.

Whitworth's Jalana White has recorded 263 kills this season and is averaging 3.25 kills per set, both of which have her among the top five in the league.  Maddye Dinsmore averages 8.85 assists per set, which also puts her among the top five.

The Boxers have two players that are among the top five in number of kills on the season. Marie Rewick has 269 kills in 2012, while Alexa Block has 242 kills this season.  Becky Sheller is among the top five in two categories, as she has had 420 digs this season, which averages out to 5.00 digs per set.  Mariah McHolland's 1.05 blocks per set rank her among the top five in the conference.

Linfield's Courtney Wanamaker has recorded 365 digs this season, which puts her in the top five of the conference. Audrey Frazier is among the top five in two categories, averaging .38 service aces per set and 8.56 digs per set.

The Coach: Steve Rupe has a record of 212-149 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).

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