SALEM, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers lost against Willamette in five sets this Friday night with scores of 17-25, 28-26, 25-10, 21-25, 16-14.
The Pioneers found their stride in the first set being able to close an early 5-point deficit to take set one. They had one of their best starting performances this season finishing the first set with 14 kills and a hitting percentage of .243 out of 37 attempts. All of Lewis & Clark's front row players also earned at least one kill during the first set and the team had 18 digs. The Pios played efficiently and also earned four service aces, two of which came from Hannah Robles.
Lewis & Clark kept the momentum going into the second set earning eight straight kills without an attack error. It also helped the Pios overcome a 2-point gap when the score was 18-20. After the timeout by the Pioneers, the Pios went on a 3-point run to go up 21-20 off kills by Casey Myszkowski and Sam Yorke. Both teams then went back and forth in points to end up tied at 23-23. Willamette was able to tie the score off of a one-handed save from Willamette's back row. The Bearcats were able to take set two after going into extra points from an ace by Lauren Stiles.
The Pios finished the second set with 17 kills and a hitting percentage of .238. Kortney Meyer had 11 of the Pios 31 kills from the first two sets.
Willamette used the momentum from their win in the second set to quickly take the third set. The Pioneers only had seven kills in the third set to the Bearcats 11.
In the fourth set, the Pioneers were able to stop the Bearcats momentum and even out the score to 2-2. The Pios were able to win this set from the help of Anneke Banda who had a service ace and two kills, as well as Bailee Cragun who had three kills. Lewis & Clark found their stride again earning 15 kills as a unit with a hitting percentage of .265.
The Pioneers had control of the fifth set jumping out to a 10-4 lead and forcing a Willamette time out. Even with Meyer's six kills in the fifth set the Bearcats were able to rally from that 6-point deficit to tie it up with a score of 14-14. Willamette finally took the fifth set from a service ace by Kunani Tuttle.
Lewis & Clark finished the match with a total of 64-kills and eight service aces but it was not enough to get the win.
Meyer had a team-high 21-kills which is also her new career-high in kills per match. Banda ended the match with a team-high hitting percentage of .625.
Annika San Nicolas had a team-high 25-digs which is her new career-high.
Mikayla Lopez finished with a team-high 22-assists.
The Pioneers will be coming home to play their final home game of the season against Puget Sound in Pamplin Sports Center. The match will start at 7 p.m.