PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Pioneers came out of the gate strong winning the first set 25-16 against Puget Sound but dropped the next three sets to lose their Northwest Conference home opener. This loss puts the Pios at 0-3 in NWC play after going 7-0 in non-conference games.
The Pioneers struggled offensively throughout the match ending the night with their lowest total hitting percentage (-0.17) of the season as well as nearly tying their season high in errors with 29.
The Pioneers lost the first three points of the first game due to a couple Lewis & Clark errors. However, a kill by Kendall Malone, a service ace by Kortney Meyer and a couple Puget Sound errors helped the Pios to take over the lead in the middle of the set. The Pios never relinquished the lead and ended on a 5-1 run to win the first set 25-16.
After dropping the second set the Pioneers got out to a 10-8 lead in the third set but they would only score four more points the entire set, dropping the set 25-14. A couple attack errors and bad sets by the Pios gave the Loggers the lead and who would eventually finish out the set by winning the final five points.
Michelle McGinn had a team-high 14 assists and eclipsed 150 career assists
Mikayla Lopez led the Pioneers with a .667 hitting percentage
Annika San Nicolas had a team-high 12 digs and surpassed 550 career digs
Kortney Meyer led the Pioneers with nine kills
The Pioneers continue Northwest Conference play tomorrow, Sept. 22, on the road against Linfield.