The women’s volleyball team played hard Sept. 23 and 24, falling back in the first match but winning the second to make them 1-3 Northwest Conference record and 5-7 overall for the season. The Wildcats went up against Whitworth University Sept. 23 and Whitman College Sept. 24 in the first home games of the season.
Both Linfield and Whitworth shared back and forth leads, with no more than two point differences until Whitworth pulled ahead, making the match 25-20. Whitworth had a strong lead in the second game but Linfield held its own for most of the game until Whitworth ended the set 25-20. The two teams struggled for a lead in the third match but Whitworth ended the match with a 25-21 lead in the last set.
Senior libero Samantha Lau had a game high of 22 digs while freshman Kailana Ritte-Camara had a successful 21 kills. Freshman Audrey Frazier contributed with a solid 32 assists.
The Wildcats pulled ahead and ended their three match losing streak, defeating Whitman in a five game match Sept. 24. Ritte-Camara highlighted the match with 14 digs and 23 kills, finishing with a team-high .242 hitting percentage. Sophomore middle blocker Kelsey Ludin helped the win with 11 kills and six digs. Lau had 31 digs.
The ‘Cats have a full week ahead with two home matches and one away. The women play Northwest Christian on Sept. 28 and Lewis & Clark on Sept. 30 at home, and Pacific University on Oct. 1 in Forest Grove. All three games are at 7 p.m.
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