Pioneers get victory on opening day

Pioneers get victory on opening day

FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers won their first game of the season in straight sets on Friday in their second of play in the Oregon Trail Classic. Against the Hamline Pipers, the Pios used a string of serves from Ashley Kane in the opening set and never looked back to win 25-20, 25-14, 25-18 at Stoller Center.

Kendall Malone finished with 11 kills and seven digs to lead the way for the Pioneers. She had a .310 hitting percentage over 29 attempts. Michelle McGinn added 24 assists and a .429 hitting percentage with three kills and no errors. Kane ended the game with a game-high two aces. 

Lewis & Clark (1-1) hit .330 or better in two of its three sets.

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Key Moments

Leading 12-9 in the first set, Kane and the Pioneers capitalized on Hamline errors to move the lead to four. Kelsey Parker had one of her three kills during the stretch. 

Similarly, McGinn went on a run in the second set as the Pios scored seven unanswered points. Jenna Timmerman landed one of her four kills during McGinn's streak to finish with a .300 hitting percentage.

Hamline (0-1) briefly took a lead in the third set before Lewis & Clark regained control. The Pioneers pulled away during another serving run by McGinn and used kills from Kate Kimbro, Malone and Timmerman to move ahead 22-15. 

Deeper Look

  • McGinn led the team with 10 digs followed by Malone and Parker who had seven apiece
  • Kayla Valdez started the game as the libero and finished with five digs
  • Grace McCullough had her four kills, hit .333 and had five digs, which are all collegiate firsts
  • Kane picked up her first collegiate digs (4) in addition to the two aces
  • The Pios had seven different competitors with at least three kills including Makena Ohlmaier who had three on .300 hitting

Game 1

In the season opener, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers were defeated by the St. Thomas Tommies, 25-20, 25-10, 25-12. St. Thomas came into Friday receiving votes in the first national top 25 poll.

The Pioneers were led by McGinn's three kills without an error. She added nine assists, four digs and two aces. Malone had all three of her kills in the opening set. Parker had three kills in the match as well, and both Parker and Malone had six digs. Sydney Richardson started at libero and brought up a team-high nine digs.

St. Thomas hit .483 in the second set while limiting the Pioneers to under .100 hititng in all three.

Key Moments

Lewis & Clark stayed point-for-point with the Tommies through the first third of the opening set. McGinn had one of her two aces and put the Pios up 2-0. St. Thomas used 12 straight points off kills to move ahead 13-7 before McGinn's next serve. 

The second set started back-and-forth as well before St. Thomas broke out from an 8-8 tie. Ellie Meyer served on the last 10 points for the Tommies, who got a combined 23 kills from Hannah Braun and Madie Kroehler. 

Deeper Look

  • McGinn had fewer than 10 assists for just the second time in her career (at George Fox on Oct. 27, 2018)
  • Emma Ehlers picked up her first career block assist and kill; she played in all three sets
  • Isabel Artiaga had two kills and a block assist
  • Parker added six digs and combined with Malone to take 51 of the Pios' 96 attack attempts

Looking Ahead

The Pios play two games at home on Saturday starting at 12:30 p.m. to conclude the Oregon Trail Classic