Paly grad Whitson earns player of week volleyball honors

If there was a volleyball competition going on between between the Whitson sisters of Palo Alto, age would have the edge.

Allison Whitson, a junior outside hitter at UC Davis, has led the Aggies to a 16-1 start. Kimmy Whitson, a senior setter at Paly, has helped the Vikings to a 15-3 record thus far.

Allison, in fact, is helping UC Davis make volleyball history while keeping its winning streak intact at 11 straight heading into matches this weekend at Cal Poly-SLO and UC Santa Barbara. The Aggies are 2-0 in the Big West.

Whitson earned Big West Conference Women's Volleyball Player of the Week honors for the period ending September 24. This is the first such honor for an Aggie player for the 2011 season.

Whitson led the Aggies in kills in each of two conference wins during the previous week. She tallied 14 kills with a season-high .522 hitting average in a three-set sweep at Pacific on Sept. 21, then added 19 kills to go with 15 digs and five blocks in last Saturday's five-set marathon victory over UC Irvine.

With the 33 kills during the week, Whitson increased her career total to 989. She looks to become just the seventh player in program history to surpass 1,000 for her career and just the second to do so as a junior. The last player to enter that circle was Kelly Gaudino in 2003.

Sixth on the list is Heidi Knapp with 1,049 while Jen Bryan has 1,052 for fifth. Whitson should surpass both this season. Candy Lench, now an assistant coach at Boise State, holds the school mark with 1,888 career kills.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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Posted by paly student
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Sep 29, 2011 at 4:15 pm

I am appalled with the Palo Alto Online's decision to compare the Whitson sisters in this story. Both sisters are incredibly talented, and it is completely unnecessary to claim that "age has the edge" when both sisters stand out in their respective age groups. The two sisters also play different positions which require different skill sets, making it impossible to compare the two accurately. Why would a community newspaper ever insinuate that there exists a competition within an extremely supportive family? This article is unnecessary and offensive; instead of reflecting well on either of the Whitson's, it reflects very poorly on the Palo Alto Online.

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