WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- At the end of last season, Lewis & Clark's Alexe Navarro and Julia Somers were selected to the All-Northwest Conference teams. While the Pioneers have had a tougher season than a year ago, the pair continued their all-conference caliber play on Friday night, combining for 40 digs in a 22-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-21 loss to Whitman at Sherwood Athletic Center.
Somers put together her seventh double-double match in a row with 17 kills, the most in the match, and 13 digs. Navarro contributed 27 digs, her third game this season with at least that many.
The Pioneers won the first set by winning five of the final six points, getting three serves from Sam Yorke, who finished with 22 assists. Mikayla Lopez ended the match with 23 point-producing passes.
"It was a great match, fought well by both teams," said head coach Stacie Matz-Gordon. "We continue to see growth in the team and the program, but it isn't translating into the wins as we had hoped this year. We are going to learn from this match and use the positives in tomorrow's match with Whitworth.
"We are keeping our head up after this match."
The Pioneers had a 19-14 in the second set, but Whitman tore through seven-straight points to move ahead and eventually win. Shae Kanakaole led the Whitman attack with 15 kills.
Lewis & Clark wraps up the season on Saturday at Whitworth, which has a four-game lead in the NWC standings entering Saturday's final day.
Other Northwest Conference Scores - Friday
Puget Sound 3, George Fox 2
Linfield 3, Pacific Lutheran 2
Pacific 3, Willamette 0