PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers ended the second game of their four-game homestand with a 25-18, 25-17, 25-21 loss to Whitman College on Saturday night at Pamplin Sports Center.
The third set was the closest and included a Pioneers rally with Kortney Meyer landing five kills. Trailing 14-10, the Pios moved back within two, 17-15, and three twice before Whitman outlasted Lewis & Clark to close out the Northwest Conference match.
Prior to the final set, Lewis & Clark didn't score more than 18 points.
"I think it shows that they have heart and that they want it and that they have grit," said Lewis & Clark head coach Stacie Matz-Gordon about the third-set performance. "It also shows that they are physically capable, so it isn't the physical pieces for us. To address that and to know our limitations and to get better than the day before. That's really the goal we have right now."
The Pioneers hit only .065, their second-straight sub-.100 performance. Julia Somers led the team with seven kills and finished at .000 in hitting percentage with seven errors. Meyer's five kills in the third set helped her finish at .118 with a total of six kills. Alexe Navarro had a team-high 16 digs.
Whitman (8-8; 5-3 NWC) jumped out to a 15-5 led in the second set on its way to a 25-17 win. The Pioneers committed nine attack errors in the game while Shae Kanakaole landed three kills to help Whitman.
Lewis & Clark (4-11; 3-5 NWC) trailed the majority of a tight first set. Whitman pulled away once they hit 21 points.
The Pioneers stay in Portland next weekend to host Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound.
Other Northwest Conference Scores - Saturday
Pacific 3, Pacific Lutheran 2
Linfield 3, George Fox 0
Willamette 3, Puget Sound 0