PORTLAND, Ore. -- In the second meeting between the two teams, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers posted more kills and a better hitting percentage than visiting Puget Sound in three of the four sets, but the Pios didn't pull off the win against the Loggers in a 25-22, 21-25, 25-23, 25-20 defeat on Friday night.
Julia Somers had three kills and three other Pios had two apiece to lead Lewis & Clark to a second-set win. The Pioneers scored seven of the final nine points to close it out at Pamplin Sports Center.
"It was the energy that everyone had," said senior libero Alexe Navarro, who finished with a game-best 26 digs. "We played with this mentality of dig or die, which basically means that we go for every single ball and nothing hits the floor."
The score was nearly tied late into both the first and third sets. With the Pios leading 20-19 in the opener, Bailee Cragun, who matched her career-high with nine kills, committed a hitting error. Puget Sound used an ace by Kayla Thaller and kills by Renee Kenneally and Hannah Stinson to help end the set on a 6-2 run.
In the third, Lewis & Clark trailed 20-19 after Sam Yorke's kill. Rita Dexter landed a kill before Kortney Meyer committed an error and Kristen Lane scored an ace. Meyer put down a kill to bring the Pios back within two before Moria McVicar ended the set with one of her own.
Puget Sound benefited from 13 service aces, which is a season-worst allowed by Lewis & Clark.
Navarro believes the team's performance will benefit them heading into tomorrow's second-to-last home match with Pacific Lutheran.
"Even though we lost, we worked really well together. The bench was totally in it with us and they were the reason why we were able to keep up with them. We have made so many improvements," said Navarro.
The match with the Lutes begins at 5 p.m. and is Lewis & Clark's final home game before Senior Night on Oct. 29 against Willamette.
Other Northwest Conference Scores - Friday
Whitworth 3, George Fox 0
Pacific Lutheran 3, Willamette 0
Pacific 3, Whitman 2