PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers lose their first Northwest Conference home game at Pamplin Sports Center on Friday. The Pios went to five sets with scores of 12-25, 26-24, 25-22, 16-25, 13-15. This is the second time the Pioneers have gone to five sets this season and have lost.
In the first set the Pioneers started off slow letting Pacific take a 20-5 lead before being able to score again. Although the point deficit was great, Lewis & Clark was able to make a five point run including two back-to-back service aces by Casey Myszkowski to make the score 23-11. This short run gave the Pioneers enough momentum leading into the middle sets.
The Pioneers had two 4-point runs in the second set which led to two Pacific timeouts. The Pios were able to hold this lead and earn the final point off of a double block by Mikayla Lopez and Myszkowski. Lewis & Clark was also able to win the third set comfortably due to nine attack errors by Pacific.
The fifth and deciding set for this match started of strong for the Pioneers as they shot out to an 8-4 lead. Emma Contreras earned three of these eight points off kills. Pacific then tied up the score at 9-9 due to a service ace from Karissa Komo and a Lewis & Clark team attack error. The next few points went back and forth with both teams fighting for the win, but still resulting in a 13-13 tie. Pacific finally took the set from a handling error by Makena Ohlmaier and a kill from Karlee Duncan.
Coach Emily Hayes said "We came out a little slow tonight and then we pushed through and we decided that we were going to finish this match and that we were going to fight and we were going to give them a run for their money. I'm excited for the matchup next time."
Bailee Cragun had the team high hitting percentage for the Pioneers with a .212 and 10 kills. Kortney Meyer had the team high in kills with 12 out of 48 attack attempts. The Pios combined for a total of 50 kills out of 185 attempts on the night and a .065 hitting percentage.
Lopez led the team in assists with 38 assists out of the Pioneers 49 assists. Myszkowski had a team-high four service aces. She and Annika San Nicolas (two service aces) were the only Pioneers with service aces tonight.
Contreras had 17 digs which was also a team-high for tonight. She along with San Nicolas (15 digs) and Lopez (13 digs) combined for 45 digs out of the Pioneers 80 total digs.
The Pioneers will face off against Pacific Lutheran tomorrow at 5 p.m. here at Pamplin Sports Center for their second home conference game of the season.