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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Volleyball team came away with a split Friday as they opened the Emory Classic with a win over Maryville.
The Poets move to 1-1 to open 2018 and return to action on day two of the Emory Classic today, Saturday, September 1 taking on Illinois Wesleyan and Saint Benedict.
Chris Duarte-McDermott mentioned that "it was great getting our first win of the season in the first match. We could have played a little cleaner but it was nice seeing our girls compete."
Game 1 (Maryville – W, 25-16, 25-23, 23-25, 25-13)
Despite hitting just .119, Whittier was able to come away with the four set victory in their season opener. Makenzie Thieme (Corona, Calif.) led all scorers with 12 kills and added nine digs, while sophomore Ashley Whittall (Norwalk, Calif.) would produce a double double effort with 10 kills and 13 digs. She also registered three service aces and two blocks.
Alaina Rhee (Kent, WA) added support in the middle with six kills, hitting .231, while adding three block assists and Camryn Purdom (Moreno Valley, Calif.) captained the offensive unit with 21 assists and 13 digs. Other notable scorers included sophomore Abby Salmon (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) (6 Kills, 3 Blocks, .500 Hitting Percentage) and junior Jazmyn Sudbrook-Johnson (Fremont, Calif.) (4 Kills).
Game 2 (Emory – L, 25-19, 25-21, 25-19)
The second match-up for the Purple & Gold against the host Emory was tough. They battled but couldn't push through as they combined for a .113 clip.
Thieme for the second time led the offense with 11 kills and six digs. Whittall registered eight kills and nine digs and Purdom added a 17 assist and nine dig effort.
Whittier hit .241 in the third set and pulled within one at 18-17 but the Eagles would end the frame on a 7-2 run that clinched the sweep.