Meyer hits over .700 to lead the Pioneers to a NWC road victory

Meyer hits over .700 to lead the Pioneers to a NWC road victory

SALEM, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers hit .583 in the first and .481 in the last set to win 25-17, 25-21, 23-25, 25-10 over the Willamette Bearcats on Saturday night.

The victory is Lewis & Clark's third in its last four matches and first Northwest Conference road win.

Kortney Meyer had a career night with 20 kills and a .704 hitting percentage, which exceeds her best-ever performance by over .200. Julia Somers, who went over 400 career kills toward the beginning of NWC play, added a double-double with 10 kills and 12 digs.

For the third-consecutive match, Lewis & Clark posted eight or more total blocks with Bailee Cragun and Casey Myszkowski combining for six assisted blocks against Willamette (4-10; 2-4 NWC).

"I was really proud of our blockers again. We worked really hard all week to make it easy on our back row," said Myszkowski. "We really felt it in that last game. We especially wanted to own it in the fourth."

Unlike the opening set in which both teams hit well - Willamette posted a .306 percentage with 12 skills - Lewis & Clark ran away with the fourth set. Aside from the 23 kills in the first, the Pioneers' 14 fourth-set kills were the second-most in any set by either team during the match, as Lewis & Clark outhit Willamette .481 to .026.

Meyer has now hit above .250 in seven of her last eight matches with five of those at .350 or higher. She has totaled double-figure kills in three of her last five matches.

Lewis & Clark (4-9; 3-3 NWC) had nearly as many kills in the first and last sets as the Bearcats had the entire game.

The win moves the Pioneers to within one game of third place in the NWC with a key match coming up on Friday when Lewis & Clark hosts first-place Whitworth to start a four-game homestand. Saturday's match against Willamette was the only one scheduled away from Portland for the Pios between Sept. 23 and Oct. 15.

Other Northwest Conference Scores - Saturday

Whitman 3, Puget Sound 1
Whitworth 3, Pacific Lutheran 2
Pacific 3, Linfield 1 

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