PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers held a five-point lead midway through the third in their attempt to comeback after dropping the first two sets to the Whitworth Pirates on Saturday night at Pamplin Sports Center. Ultimately, the first-place Pirates prevailed 26-24, 25-19, 27-25.
The Pioneers offense struggled with their highest hitting percentage as a team being in the third set at a .194. Kortney Meyer had double-digit kills to lead the Pioneers offense with eveyone else at 5 kills or lower. The Pioneers defense was lead by Annika San Nicolas with 14 digs.
The Pioneers started the first set down by three points due to three unforced errors in a row. The entire set was point exchanges from then on with multiple accounts of both team with runs based off the opposing teams unforced errors. The Pioneers dropped the first set with two attack errors at the end of the match to finish with a score of 24-26.
The third set is where the Pioneers limited their unforced errors and capitalizing their runs more. The Pioneers had a lead until the last five points of the game when the Pirates came back from a three point deficit. The Pioneers had a lead until the score was 23-24 after a kill by the Pirates. The Pioneers were defeated at the end by two attacking errors.
- Mikayla Lopez and Kortney Meyer combined for five aces in the match
- Lopez tied Ena Eakin for fourth most service aces all-time over a career at Lewis & Clark (90)
- Meyer had her seventh straight double-digit kill game and tied Cheri Soliday for seventh-most all-time for a career at Lewis & Clark (732)
- Michelle McGinn and Mikayla Lopez combined for 24 assists
- Casey Myszkowski hit a .750
Lewis & Clark Pioneers travel to Puget Sound for their next conference match on Friday, Oct. 19.