The Lewis & Clark Pioneers took on the Linfield Wildcats at the Ted Wilson Gymnasium on Friday, in a 19-25, 22-25, 27-25, 25-20, 15-17 loss. Four of the five sets came down to less than a 5-point differential, with the Wildcats coming out on top, carried by a higher attack percentage and more digs overall.
Julia Somers led the Pioneers in kills, posting 20, while Linfield's Taylor Peterson led her team with 13. Somers extended her double double streak to five-straight games, also recording 19 digs. Mikayla Lopez was the game-leader in assists, putting up 27 for the night. Bailee Cragun and Rebecca Lee both had 5 blocks, rounding out a strong defensive effort by Lewis & Clark.
Kortney Meyer's first kill of the night put the Pioneers ahead 11-4 in the first set, a lead that they held for the entirety of the set. A .135 attack percentage, along with 13 kills, allowed Lewis & Clark offensive domination.
Despite a 7-point lead early in the second set, the Pioneers were unable to hold on defensively. Their second-highest attack percentage of the night wasn't enough to combat the Wildcat's 16 kills and .300 attack percentage.
Lewis & Clark won the third set with 27 points, barely pulling ahead of Linfield (10-9, 5-8 NWC) after both teams posted sub-.100 attack percentages and a combined 18 errors.
After a 25-20 win in the fourth set, the Pioneers were unable to finish in a tight fifth set. The loss leaves Lewis & Clark 4-16 overall, and 3-10 in the Northwest Conference.
The Pioneers return to Pamplin Sports Center Saturday night at 7p.m. for senior night.