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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Volleyball team wrapped up their 2018 season Saturday night in a clean sweep over the University of Redlands 25-22, 25-15, 25-22.
Prior to the game, Head Coach Chris Duarte McDermott recognized his four years leaving the program, including Hannah Joyce (Ladera Ranch, Calif.), Makenzie Thieme (Corona, Calif.), Tyler Galipo (Simi Valley, Calif.), and Camryn Purdom (Moreno Valley, Calif.).
Whittier hit .205 as a team led by Thieme who posted 14 kills along with five digs. Franki Piloto (Ontario, Calif.) finished with 10 kills on 21 attempts hitting .381 and Kathea Schamblin (Bakersfield, Calif.) added a six kill effort along with seven digs.
Up front, Purdom added 20 assists and 10 digs, while Joyce registered a seven assist and six dig effort.
Katie Engle (Whittier, Calif.) had the start at libero and finished with nine digs.
The first set was back and forth until midway through when the Poets were able to string together five straight, which included kills from Piloto, Engle, and Thieme.
UR battled back to pull within two at 19-17 but it was all Whittier after that finishing the set off with seven of the final eight points, capped off with a kill from Alaina Rhee (Kent, WA).
In the second set, Whittier got on top 10-5 and then used a 5-0 spurt to extend their advantage to 16-9. The Bulldogs got two back with two WC attacking errors but couldn't use it as Whittier would go six straight behind a strong serving effort by Purdom that moved the score to 21-12.
Redlands was able to put together three straight soon after to stop the run but couldn't complete the comeback as Piloto and Schamblin would put the Poets on top 2-0 with connections.
In the final stanza, UR put together a strong push to try and get on the scoreboard. They stayed close throughout pushing the Purple & Gold and getting within one at 21-20 before tying things up at 22-22. But the final three points would go to Whittier as Piloto and Abby Salmon (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) would go 1-2 with kills before an attacking error by Redlands' Melanie Fyda would hand WC a clean sweep.
On the season, the Purple & Gold averaged 12.17 kills per set and hit .179 as a team. They also averaged 11.35 assists per set, 1.55 blocks per set, 1.53 aces per set and 16.48 digs per set.