TACOMA, Wash. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers fell to the Pacific Lutheran Lutes this past saturday with scores of 25-8, 25-18, 19-25, 25-14.
The Pioneers had a slow start letting the Lutes jump out to an 8-1 lead before their first timeout of the match. Lewis & Clark then earned their first two kills from a Anneke Banda off assists by Mikayla Lopez. The Pios were unable to find any rhythm after the timeout while the Lutes ran away with the first set. The Pios finished the first set with nine more attack attempts then Pacific Lutheran but were only able to earn six kills. Banda finished the first set with a hitting percentage of .500 and three of the six pioneer kills.
Bailee Cragun started the Pios off in the second set earning the first three points for the Pioneers with three kills. Makena Ohlmaier and Kortney Meyer earned the next three points with kills of their own. Lewis & Clark was able to stay with the Lutes up until the tenth point when the Lutes took a 17-10 lead from multiple attack errors by the Pios. The Pios were able to earn six more kills before Pacific Lutheran took the second set.
Lewis & Clark was able to steal the third set from Pacific Lutheran due to 12 attack errors by the Lutes and eight kills from the Pioneers. The Pioneers were able to hold the lead all throughout the third set from four kills by Myszkowski alongside three kills by Cragun.
The Lutes finally took the match in the fourth set off of a final kill by Danielle Skibiel.
Annika San Nicolas finished the match with a team-high 18 digs. Lopez had a team-high 16 digs. Meyer finished with a team-high 10 kills and Myszkowski finished with a team-high hitting percentage of .333.
Kayla Valdez earned her 100th career dig in the second set this Saturday night.
Lewis and Clark will be playing Whitworth this upcoming Friday at 7 p.m. followed by Whitman on Saturday.