SALEM, Ore. -- Jessica Schmautz pounded 21 kills to lead visiting Whitworth to a 26-24, 22-25, 25-10, 25-16 win over Willamette University in a Northwest Conference volleyball match on Friday night.
The Pirates (14-6 overall, 8-1 NWC) swept the season series against the Bearcats (7-11, 4-5) and remain tied with Puget Sound for first place in the league standings.
Whitworth pulled out a tight first set. The Pirates took the largest lead of the stanza at 9-6 after consecutive Willamette attack errors. Willamette rallied to a 10-10 tie and the teams traded the lead three times until consecutive kills by Schmautz ended the frame in Whitworth's favor.
The Pirates had a good chance to win the second set after leading 12-6 on a kill by Madison Douglas. The Bucs still led 20-17 before Willamette used a 6-0 run to go up 23-20. The set ended on three straight service errors, two by Whitworth.
After regrouping, the Pirates dominated the third and fourth sets. Whitworth jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the third set and won going away. Emiko Kahler's kill gave the Bucs a 17-4 lead and Iris Tikhonov's kill ended the game. Whitworth hit .379 in the set.
Trailing 3-2 early in the fourth set, the Pirates used a 7-1 run to grab a 9-4 lead onwU2 Lauren Budde's kill. Willamette got back within 11-8 before Whitworth began to pull away. Schmautz's final kill of the match ended the set in Whitworth's favor.
Schmautz hit .333 and added 17 digs. Budde had 12 kills and Kahler finished with 11. Tikhonov hit .474 with 9 kills in 19 attempts, and was in on four blocks (1 solo, 3 assists). Erin White dished 51 assists, while Addy Woolery had 17 digs and three service aces. Whitworth hit .252 as a team.
Kendall Fox had 12 kills for Willamette and the Bearcats hit .155.
Whitworth will close out its trip to Oregon with a match at Lewis & Clark College on Saturday.