Lewis & Clark cinches home opener in straight sets

Lewis & Clark cinches home opener in straight sets

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Kortney Meyer had a .480 hitting percentage and 12 kills to lead the Lewis & Clark Pioneers to a 25-20, 25-22, 25-10, Northwest Conference win against the George Fox Bruins on Friday night.

Kortney Meyer posted 12 kills and a .480 hitting percentage, her third time over .440 in the last four matches, as the Pioneers hit .583 as a team in the final set at Pamplin Sports Center. Lewis & Clark scored nine of the first 10 points in the finale.

"It was such a team effort. Our defense and offense, everything was on point tonight," said Meyer, who scored the last two points for the Pios in the second set and added four more kills in the third. "I'm so proud of my team that we executed what we needed to."

The third set contrasted the first two, in which George Fox (2-8; 0-3 NWC) was within three and two points late, respectively. After falling behind 16-7 in the third, the Bruins never got closer than ten points again.

"We talked about maintaining the things that are working for us and the score was apparent that they were able to execute that game plan," said Lewis & Clark head coach Stacie Matz-Gordon of the strategy entering the third set. "Some of the cleanest volleyball I've seen this team play."

Lewis & Clark (2-8; 1-2 NWC) had two sets of .200-plus hitting and still finished .140 in the other. Emma Contreras and Rebecca Lee both finished above .300 with eight and four kills, respectively, while Julia Somers added 11 kills, her ninth game this season in double figures and her second-straight double-double with 10 digs.

Sam Yorke had 16 assists and Mikayla Lopez added 15 as the pair of setters worked with Meyer for quick sets up the middle toward the second half of the match.

"We have been working on quick sets in practice and working the middle. It just worked in today's game," said Meyer.

Meyer added it was a welcome change to the results the Pios had in closing out sets during their nine-game road trip to start the season.

"It was a big point [for us] because we've been working so hard this whole week to mentally shift what has happened in the past and creating a new start and today showed how we wanted it a lot and then our team bond was that strong."

Victoria Hernandez led the Pios with 16 digs.

Lewis & Clark is back at home on Saturday, hosting Pacific at 5 p.m.

Other Northwest Conference Scores - Friday

Whitworth 3, Linfield 0
Puget Sound 3, Pacific 0
Whitman 3, Willamette 2 

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