TACOMA, Wash. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers controlled the second set to even the match before giving up a third set lead in Friday night's 25-13, 19-25, 25-20, 25-22 loss to the Puget Sound Loggers.
Falling behind 1-0 after Puget Sound won the opening set, Lewis & Clark opened the second with a 7-1 lead behind three kills from Julia Somers. Puget Sound rattled off five straight points to close to within 13-11 and forced a Lewis & Clark timeout. The break did the Pioneers well, as Lewis & Clark won four points of its own to move ahead, 19-14. Kortney Meyer had three kills and the Pios increased their lead, 22-18, eventually winning by six.
"Winning games on the road in this conference is always challenging and tonight we saw that," said Lewis & Clark head coach Stacie Matz-Gordon. "Our second set was a showing of how we are capable of controlling the match, but we weren't able to replicate it for the final two."
In the third set, the Pioneers started out hitting .250 and built a 15-11 lead. Puget Sound ran off four straight points out of a timeout and finished the set on a 14-6 run to regain control of the match.
Lewis & Clark led only once in the fourth set but stayed close the entire time. Trailing 20-19, the Pioneers allowed four kills and committed an error, as the match ended in favor of Puget Sound.
Victoria Hernandez had four service aces in the match, a new career best for the freshman. She added 19 digs and four assists. Somers landed a season-best 16 kills but hit below .100 for the fourth time this season. For the whole match, the Pios hit just .047 compared to Puget Sound's .189. Emma Contreras and Meyer finished with five kills apiece while Mikayla Lopez connected on 18 assists and nine digs. Sam Yorke had 14 assists.
The Pios complete their road trip to Tacoma on Saturday night against Pacific Lutheran before playing at home for the first time on Sept. 23 against George Fox.
Other Northwest Conference Scores - Friday
Whitworth 3, George Fox 0
Whitman 3, Pacific 1