PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers finished the season-opening Oregon Trail Classic without dropping a single set after wins over UW-Stout and Mills on Saturday. During the second day of games at Pamplin Sports Center, the Pios defeated UW-Stout, 25-22, 26-24, 25-20, before a 25-8, 25-14, 25-6 victory over the Mills Cyclones.
In the opener, the Pios had three different players with four sets apiece in the opening set. Lewis & Clark hit .360 or better in both of the last two. Kortney Meyer had 15 kills to lead the Pios, earning all-tournament team honors. Lewis & Clark rallied back from an early deficit in the second set to eventually win 26-24.
UW-Stout took control early, leading 5-0 during the opening set. The Pios found their stride in the middle of the set, scoring 12 of the next 17 points to lead 12-10. The rest of the first set was tight before a Meyer kill ended the opener for a 25-22 win.
Trailing 23-22 in the second, Lewis & Clark used a kill from Meyer and two by Ka'anelaokapu'uwai Pakaki-Pias to win and move up by two sets.
Casey Myszkowski is hitting .426 through the first four games of the season, by far the best of her career. Against the Blue Devils, she landed eight kills at a .368 percentage before hitting .400 in two sets against Mills.
- The 4-0 start by the Pioneers is their best mark since beginning 2015 with a 3-0 record
- Lewis & Clark has not started a season with four straight wins since before 2007
- Meyer has a team-high 32 kills through the first four matches and was named to the Oregon Trail Classic All-Tournament team.
- The Pioneers are one of only two Northwest Conference teams (Pacific Lutheran) to win all of their games without dropping a set during the opening weekend
Lewis & Clark competes at the Washington and Lee Invitational next weekend.