Whits put it together to beat Puget Sound

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TACOMA — Putting it all together, the Whitman College volleyball team knocked off Puget Sound University on its own floor Saturday night in three sets, 25-22, 25-23, 25-22.

The win followed a four-set loss to Pacific Lutheran on Friday night, and improves Whitman’s conference record to 5-8 and 7-20 overall.

“We were relentless on defense and didn’t let anything hit the floor,” Whitman head coach Matt Helm said after the match.

Jillian Davis led the way for the Missionaries with 16 kills and 14 digs. Her hitting percentage on the night was .250.

Whitman’s hitting percentage as a team was .216.

In the first set, Whitman got out to leads of 13-9, 17-12 and 21-15. The Loggers then made a run and closed the gap to 23-22 on a Whitman attack error. The Missionaries responded, though, and closed out the set on kills by Rachel Cline and Davis.

Puget Sound took control midway through the second set, leading 16-12, but Whitman fought back and tied the set at 22-all on a kill by Natalia Zea. The Missionaries scored the next three of four points to win the set and take firm control of the match, the final two points coming on kills by Megan Bafus.

On Friday, Davis had 17 kills and Shae Kanakaole 15, but it was not enough to overcome PLU in the 25-11, 22-25, 25-21, 26-24 loss.

Davis added 20 digs to go along with her 17 kills for the Missionaries. Kanakaole had 19 digs. Taylor Aschenbrenner provided 41 assists.

Whitman hosts Whitworth at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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