Volleyball trumps Linfield, Willamette

by Marcus Koontz

Of the two games the Whitman women’s volleyball team played this weekend, both were spectacular wins.

The first win was over Willamette University on Friday, Oct. 13 and the second was over Linfield College on Saturday, Oct. 14.

On Friday, Oct. 13, Whitman battled with Willamette University at home, and Whitman won three matches to Willamette’s one.

Though the Missionaries dropped their first match to Willamette, they had three amazing match victories to pull out the win in the fourth match.

The scores for the matches were 25-30, 30-16, 30-23 and 30-24.

Whitman’s head coach Dean Snider said, “This is the first time we’ve ever had two middles lead us in kills; both Rosa and Emily were dominant tonight.”

The game on Saturday, Oct. 14 was won relatively easily for the women’s volleyball team.

“From start to finish, that’s the highest level of play we’ve had in a match this season,” Snider said. “That is a very good team we beat in three games, and they played well tonight.”

Whitman won three straight matches against Linfield in order to pull out the win, 30-28, 30-23 and 30-28.

Before their match last weekend, Linfield College had only lost one match, to Pacific University.

Last year, Linfield College placed 15th in the 2005 final national rankings for division III women’s volleyball.

This year, Linfield as been placed in the top 25 division III women’s volleyball teams in the nation.

This win is a huge accomplishment for the missionaries.

For their next game the team will travel on Friday, Oct. 20 to George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon.

After that, the missionaries will head up to Portland, Oregon on Saturday, Oct. 21 for a game against Lewis & Clark College.

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