The Wildcats volleyball team played its final two games of the season Nov. 2 and 3. The ’Cats went one and one on the weekend against Whitman University and Whitworth University.
The Whitworth Pirates came to Ted Wilson Gymnasium on Nov. 3 to face off against the Wildcats in the final game of the 2012 season. The first set started off tight, putting each team at 16 points. The Pirates pulled away after two Wildcat errors, eventually taking the set 25-20.
The Pirates took the second set with more ease. After keeping close with the ’Cats at an 11-10 score, Whitworth capitalized on three Linfield errors, scoring six straight points to put the Pirates up 17-10. The Pirates won the second set 25-16.
The Wildcats wouldn’t let their season end without a fight. After the intermission, the ’Cats jumped out to a two-nothing lead, and would never give it up, only allowing Whitworth to tie the set once at 3-3. The Wildcats won the set 25-23.
The Wildcats kept up with the Pirates, forcing the game to go past the 25-point mark. But with the game tied 27-27, the Pirates finally pulled away. Whitworth took the next two points with kills, winning the final set 29-27, ending the game and the Wildcats’ season.
“We just gave up a lot of unnecessary points and didn’t play with the same fire that we had on Friday night,” sophomore setter Audrey Frazier said. “The last few points in the final set, we finally stepped up and made some big plays, but we had dug ourselves too deep of a hole to climb out of and win.”
The Wildcats had a poor performance at the net, being out-blocked seven to two with an attack percentage of .082.
Junior Kelsey Ludin led the ’Cats with 11 kills, Frazier had 35 assists and freshman Courtney Uyeda produced 35 digs.
This was the last game for lone senior Bethany Dickey. Dickey had four digs in her final appearance in a Wildcat jersey.
The Wildcats had a much different outcome on their game against the Whitman Missionaries on Nov. 2, sweeping the fourth-place team.
The first set was a nail-biter, going past the 25-point mark. With the set tied at 28-28, the Wildcats took over, taking the final two points on kills from sophomores Victoria Thompson and Kailana Ritte-Camara, winning the set 30-28.
The second set was close as well. Tied up at 24-24, the Whitman setter committed two bad sets in a row, giving the set to the Wildcats 26-24.
The Wildcats took the third set 25-22, sweeping the Missionaries.
The Wildcats were able to get past the Missionaries, while being out-blocked 11-2.
“Our defense stepped up a lot and our hitters were really aggressive at the net. We also were able to side out really quickly and not give up runs of points, which helped us to keep the momentum through all three games,” Frazier said.
Ritte-Camara led the ’Cats with 13 kills and 24 digs and Frazier added 37 assists.
“It felt so good to finally get a win,” sophomore Courtney Wanamaker said. “I think it built everyone’s confidence and ended our season on a positive note.”
The Wildcats finished their season with a nine and 14 record, going four and 12 in conference and finishing eighth overall.
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Junior outside hitter Shayli Coppock jumps up to spike the ball during the game against Whitman, winning all three sets. Linfield lost the match against Whitworth on Nov. 3, ending the volleyball team’s season.