COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers went from being in every set to start the Colorado Classic tournament to dropping a straight sets match in the finale of back-to-back matches, as the Pios began the 2016 season on Friday.
"It was a great learning experience for us. We matched ourselves up with tough teams on purpose, and they lived up to their hype," said head coach Stacie Matz-Gordon. "We did some good things, and we are excited to continue to do the work tomorrow."
The Pioneers play Susquehanna in their only match of the tournament's second day on Saturday at 10 a.m.
Hardin-Simmons 3, Lewis & Clark 1
A close match throughout, Lewis & Clark took the second set before losing the final two by a combined six points in a 25-19, 23-25, 25-21, 25-23 defeat to Hardin-Simmons.
Lewis & Clark had a moment of deja vu in the second set. Leading 24-20, Lewis & Clark seeming won set point before a reversal gave Hardin-Simmons a second chance. The Cowgirls won two more points before Lewis & Clark's Emma Contreras landed a kill to win the set.
Contreras and Julia Somers had 12 kills apiece to lead the Pios, with Contreras hitting a team-best .216. Somers also added three aces. Reigning Northwest Conference Libero of the Year Alexe Navarro isn't able to play in the Colorado Classic, so freshman Victoria Hernandez started as the libero and finished with 14 digs. Mikayla Lopez and Sam Yorke split setting duties and finished with 23 and 14 assists, respectively.
Grace Shulz and Allison Kuster had a match-best 13 kills apiece to lead Hardin-Simmons.
Casey Myszkowski had the Pios' best hitting percentage at .267.
No. 9 Colorado College 3, Lewis & Clark 0
For the second straight match, Myszkowski hit well, posting a .462 percentage with six kills, but the Pios couldn't overcome ninth-ranked Colorado College, 25-17, 25-19, 25-17, in the second match.
The host Tigers built a lead of seven points halfway through the opening set, but never got that far ahead again in the final two. Lewis & Clark was tied with the Tigers 15-15 in both, but could never gain the lead. In all, Colorado College trailed only twice in the entire match.
Somers once again led the Pios in kills with 10 on 34 attempts, while also bringing up a team-high 10 digs along with Hernandez. Yorke led Lewis & Clark with 13 assists.
Three Tigers had double-digit kills, led by Abbe Holtze's 12. Colorado College had 12 service aces to Lewis & Clark's one.
Other Northwest Conference Scores
Pacific 3, Sul Ross St. 0
George Fox 3, Whittier 1
Pacific 3, McMurry 0
Puget Sound 3, Vassar 0
Chapman 3, George Fox 0
Neb. Wesleyan 3, Willamette 0
Pacific Lutheran 3, Vassar 0
Southwestern (Texas) 3, Puget Sound 1