McMINNVILLE, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers moved into the win column over their opening weekend of 2017 play after a 25-12, 25-22, 27-25 win over the Schreiner Mountaineers on Saturday at Linfield's Ted Wilson Gymnasium. The matches were part of the second day of the Oregon Trail Classic, a pre-season tournament hosted by the Oregon institutions in the Northwest Conference.
The Pioneers hit .269 in the match's opening set, while Schreiner (0-3) was -0.071, and Kortney Meyer and Bailee Cragun dropped three kills on their way to identical .286 hitting percentages for the match. Meyer finished with nine kills, a match high with teammate Emma Contreras, while Cragun tallied eight.
Mikayla Lopez also had three kills in the opening set. The setter for the Pios finished with four kills total and a team-high 19 assists. Hannah Robles played in two sets and totaled 16 assists. Lewis & Clark had 12 aces to Schreiner's three. Casey Myszkowski and Contreras each had four aces.
In the second game of the afternoon, Lewis & Clark (1-3) made just one error on 35 total attacks to finish with a .400 hitting percentage in the second set with Montana-Western, but the Pios lost the match, 25-21, 16-25, 25-14, 25-20. The Pioneers didn't finish above .100 in hitting in any of the three sets they lost.
Contreras and Cragun had season-high kills totals with 15 apiece. Contreras added a team-high 17 digs. Lopez totaled 45 assists. Lewis & Clark only had two aces, losing that category to Montana-Western, 12-2. Montana-Western improved to 7-3 on the year.
Lewis & Clark travels to the UW-Whitewater Invite next weekend. They'll face UW-Whitewater, a preseason top-25 team, and Luther on Friday before playing Augustana on Sept. 9.