COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Much like in Lewis & Clark's Colorado Classic opener the day before, the Pioneers took nearly each set into the 20s, but they weren't able to close them with wins in a 25-19, 23-25, 26-24, 25-23 loss to Susquehanna on Saturday.
The Pios held leads past the 20-point mark in both the third and fourth set before Susquehanna came back from deficits of 20-18 and 20-19, respectively.
The loss moves Lewis & Clark to 0-3 after its first weekend of play. The Colorado College-hosted event was the Pioneers first of two tournaments to open their season. Next weekend, Lewis & Clark travels to Texas Lutheran to play four matches.
Julia Somers led the Lewis & Clark attack for the third-consecutive match, registering 14 kills. None of the Pios' hitters were above a .150 hitting percentage, though, with Bailee Cragun's .121 leading the way. Setter Sam Yorke finished with 16 assists and a .444 hitting percentage, landing four of her nine attempts. Mikayla Lopez led the Pios with 19 assists.
Susquehanna ran away with the first set after it was initially tied at eight apiece. The River Hawks scored the next nine points, five of which came on Lewis & Clark errors.
Contreras used three kills to help separate the Pios midway through the second set. Somers put down the final two points on kills to even the match.
Leading 24-23, the Pioneers served for set point in the third before committing three-straight errors. Three kills by Morgan Lowe and Marykate Sherkness ended the fourth and deciding set for Susquehanna.
Lewis & Clark plays Schreiner and has a rematch with Hardin-Simmons during the first day of next weekend's tournament in Seguin, Texas, which starts on Friday. The Pios go up against Howard Payne and host Texas Lutheran on Saturday.
Other Northwest Conference Scores - Saturday
Wartburg 3, Willamette 0
Texas-Tyler 3, Pacific 2