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The Wildcats traveled to Washington for the weekend where they came out on top in their final game against Whitman College on Nov. 9.
The volleyball team won three of the five sets against the Missionaries.
The first set was won 27-25. The two teams battled back and forth during the first set, going point-for-point with each other till point 25, when Whitman made two attack errors, earning the Wildcats the first set win.
Whitman bounced back during the second set, winning 28-26. While Linfield started off with the lead, the Missionaries stepped up in the final minutes to pull ahead. Despite the loss, the Wildcats made 16 kills during the set.
The battling continued during the third set, where the Wildcats stole the win early in the set. Linfield won the set 25-12. During this set, the Wildcats made kill-after-kill, making a total of 12 kills.
The fourth set went quickly as the Whitman pulled ahead and won 25-11. The Missionaries managed to earn 14 kills while the Wildcats only put out four kills.
The fifth and final match went to the Wildcats, who took an early lead due to some errors made by Whitman. Linfield maintained the lead for the entire set, winning 15-9.
The whole game resulted in 54 kills for the Wildcats, 21 kills belonging to junior Kailana Ritte-Camara. Following in second for the Wildcats was freshman Sam Hammons with 11 kills. Junior Courtney Wanamaker made 23 defensive digs, followed by a tie for second most digs was sophomore Quinn Takashima and Ritte-Camara with 16 digs.
Despite the success of their first game, the Wildcats fell to Whitworth University on Nov. 8. The game was close, but the Pirates managed to pull ahead in three of the four set.
The Wildcats took the first set 25-23, despite an early Pirate lead. The Wildcats tied it up after a string of errors made by Whitworth and a block made by junior Victoria Thompson at point 22.
The second set went in favor of the Pirates, 25-17.
The Wildcats tried to gain another win, but were outplayed in final few plays, ending in a Whitworth win, 28-26.
The final set ended with a five point difference in favor of Whitworth, 25-20.
The Wildcats finished the season with a total of eight wins and 15 losses. Half of those wins were made during conference games, giving them a conference record of four wins and 12 losses. Linfield finished last in conference, only one win and loss behind Whitman.
Despite the season being over, the future for Linfield volleyball has a bright outlook.
“It’s sort of a trend to have a really young team,” senior Shaylli Coopock said. “But I think it’s a good experience for them, because being on a smaller team it allows them to have more playing time and so for their future seasons, I think it will be good. This year was a transitioning year, a growing year.”
Kaylyn Peterson/Managing editor
The Wildcats celebrate the two seniors at the final home game of the season on Nov. 1.
The volleyball team’s two seniors are Kelsey Ludin and Shayli Coopock.
Ludin has played for Linfield since her freshman year, and has started every season.
Starting her freshman year, she was second on the team in kills with 191 and second on the team in blocks at 0.6 per set.
Ludin’s sophomore year, she earned 178 kills and 33 block assists.
Her junior year had a recorded 173 kills and 40 block assists.
Coopock has also started all four season.
“It’s been really fun, but different,” Coopock said. “Every year has had different dynamic.
Ludin and Coopock agree that their junior season was their favorite of their careers.
“We had a really good season last year,” Ludin said. “It wasn’t even our best season, I think, but we just had a lot of fun.”
“We had a good group of girls, and we worked really good together,” Coopock said.
Ludin and Coopock both expressed just how much it has meant for them to be on the team all these years.
“I definitely wouldn’t have gotten to meet everyone I’ve met, if I hadn’t joined,” Ludin said. “I met my best friend, Shayli, when we joined freshman year.”
“We started playing together freshman year, and we became best friends,” Coopock said.
While the two seniors plan on moving back home after graduation, they both have plans to stay involved in volleyball.
Ludin hails from Bozeman, Mont., and plans to return home after graduation. However before the school year is over, Ludin already has plans to coach a club volleyball team in McMinnville, this spring. With the help of her health education major, Ludin also explores the possibilities to coach when she returns home.
Coopock will be returning home to Temecula, Calif., upon graduation with a degree in psychology. While she has no set plans for volleyball in the future, Coopock is sure she will continue playing, as volleyball is a big part of her hometown’s culture.
“I live in southern California, so I will probably still play when I get home,” Coopock said. “I’ll play beach and indoor. It’s really popular down there.”
The final home game against George Fox University ended in defeat for the Wildcats, as the Bruins won 3-0.
The Wildcats also played against Pacific University Nov. 2, where the teams battled for the win. Linfield claimed victory over the Boxers, winning three of the five sets.
Linfield will play its final away games Nov. 8 and 9. The Wildcats will face off with Whitman College at 7 p.m. on Nov. 8 in Walla Walla, Wash., followed by a game against Witworth University at 7 p.m. on Nov. 9 in Spokane, Wash.
The Wildcats remain in last for the Northwest conference with a 3-11 record.
Kaylyn Peterson/Managing editor
The Linfield volleyball team rolled over the Lewis & Clark College Pioneers on Oct. 26 in Portland, Ore., winning 3-1.
The Wildcats won the first set 25-15, while the Pioneers won the second set 25-21.
The third set went to Linfield with a small two point lead of 25-23.
In the fourth and final set, the Wildcats captured the win, 25-19.
Juniors Victoria Thompson and Kailana Ritte-Camara and freshman Sam Hammons lead the team in kills for the game.
Thompson had 14 kills, while Ritte-Camara and Hammons tied with 11 kills each.
With this game, Ritte-Camara surpassed 700 kills and 700 digs in her college career. She now has accomplished 709 kills and 705 digs.
Ritte-Camara is ranked 11th for kills and 12th for digs in Linfield’s career ladder.
Ritte-Camara also was ranked 11th for the most kills per set during the 2011-2012 school year.
Also, junior Audrey Fraiser earned six of the 10 service aces during the game. Fraiser has captured the number one spot for service aces per set in the Northwest Conference, averaging .48 per set. Sophomore Quinn Takashima also joins the ranks for service aces per set and rounds out the top-five with an average of .39 per game.
Linfield kicked off the weekend with a game against Willamette University on Oct. 25. The Bearcats cut down the Wildcats, 3-0. While Linfield trailed behind Willamette by nine points in the first set and six points in the second set, the Wildcats nearly caught the Bearcats in the final set. The third set slipped through Linfield’s paws, with a third and final Willamette win, 25-23.
Despite the win against Lewis & Clark, Linfield remains in last place for the Northwest Conference with their 2-10 record.
The Wildcats will next face off with George Fox University for their final home game at 7 p.m. on Nov. 1, followed by a game against Pacific University at 7 p.m. on Nov. 2 in Forest Grove, Ore.
Kaylyn Peterson/Managing editor
The Wildcats face another crushing blow against Pacific Lutheran University and Puget Sound University on Oct. 18 and 19.
The volleyball team finished the weekend earning their ninth conference loss, 3-0, against Pacific Lutheran.
“Some challenges the team faced this weekend was beating ourselves,” Junior Kailana Ritte-Camara said in an email. “We just have to minimize our unforced errors on our side of the court, and to capitalize on free balls.”
The first set started in favor of the Lutes, but was followed by the first Linfield kill by junior Victoria Thompson.
Ritte-Camara earned the second kill of the set. However after a short lead, Pacific Lutheran regained the lead. The set ended, 25-14 for the Lutes.
The Lutes quickly took control of the second set, except briefly when the ’Cats were tied at the ninth point due to a service error on Pacific Lutheran. Pacific Lutheran took the set, 25-20.
The third set also went to Pacific Lutheran with a momentary lead by the Wildcats thanks to kills by Thompson and freshman Molly McTaggart. However, the Lutes won the final set, 25-20.
“I think we played really hard this past weekend, and we had moments of great volleyball,” Ritte-Camara said in an email. “So if we just clean it up a little but, we will be a great team. We have so much talent, we just have to be consistent enough to show our potential.”
The Friday match against Logger ended with a loss for the Wildcats. Puget Sound has been slotted to win the conference title once again with a NWC record of 9-1. The Loggers won Friday’s match 3-0.
Oct. 18’s match was also featured as a “Pinkout” event through the combined effort of the Linfield Athletic department and Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. The Wildcats wore pink jerseys in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, while members of the ZTA sorority handed out pink ribbons to spectators.
“We had an awesome time for the pinkout game because we know how important it is,” Ritte-Camara said in an email. “We supported it by wearing pink jerseys, which we loved. Some girls also used pink tape to honor the pinkout.”
The team will next compete against Willamette at 7 p.m. on Oct. 25 in Salem, Ore. On the following day, the Wildcats will face off with the Lewis & Clark Pioneers at 7 p.m. in Portland, Ore.
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The volleyball team earned its first conference win on Oct. 12, 3-0 sets against Whitman College after a loss on Oct. 11 against Whitworth University.
The team started these two matches with a new plan after weeks of losing to opposing teams. Head coach Shane Kimura created a new line up for the team that really showed off the talent of the team.
On Oct. 11 the team started off slow with junior Kailana Ritte-Camera led the team with six kills. However, as the sets continued to go the team started to get more in syncs and communicated better. The Wildcats lost three sets in a row with scores of (25-9), (25-20), (25-19).
“Whitworth is a great team and always has been,” junior Victoria Thompson said. “It was the first night of the new line up and in the beginning we were still trying to figure things out since we only got a week of practice in the new positions. But towards the end we got it figured out! Granted, we didn’t win, but we saw that we could.”
The team played again on Oct. 12 against Whitman, where they used their new line up to its full impact to a win of three close sets in a row with scores of (27-25), (25-23), (25-23). Thompson led the team with 15 kills followed by Ritte-Camera with nine kills and freshman Sam Hammons with eight kills. Junior Audrey Frazier led the team with 22 set assists followed by freshman Casie Gaza with 17.
“One of the major differences that the team saw on Saturday was a new lineup.” Gaza said. “I think that having [senior] Kelsey Ludin back was a major part of our win because it gave us more flexibility regarding different lineups. We also played a lot more coherent this weekend and we were a lot more in sync regarding plays, communication and what the goal was for this weekend.”
The team quote that they use often, “Whatever we do, we do together” and this weekend the showed not only that they do work together, but they can also win together.
“I think we just needed that reminder of what a great team we are, and Saturday’s game was a definite confident boost for us,” Thompson said. “Now that we know we can do it, I know that we will carry it over. Our biggest challenge is keeping the consistency from start to finish.”
The team goes up against Puget Sound University on Oct. 18 and Pacific Lutheran University on Oct. 19. Both games will be at home at 7 p.m.
By Stephanie Hofmann/sports editor
Tyson Takeuchi/Senior sports photographer
Junior Courtney Wanamaker serves the ball during the second set against Whitworth University. The team is staying at home for the next two matches against Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran.