In front of roaring student section, Pios are victorious

In front of roaring student section, Pios are victorious

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers stormed back from an 11-point loss in the opening set to beat the Austin 'Roos on Friday night at Pamplin Sports Center. With three straight .200-plus hitting sets, the Pios won 14-25, 25-22, 26-24, 25-20 in their final non-conference match.

Ka'anelaokapu'uwai Pakaki-Pias landed a career-high 17 kills and hit a season-best .204, while Kendall Malone put down 18 kills on .241 hitting. The duo combined for 42 digs. Michelle McGinn had a 40-plus assists game for the second time this season as she finished with 42 against Austin.

In only her second full match of the season, Pakaki-Pias set the tone in the third set by scoring five of the Pios' first 13 points on kills. 

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Key Moments

After Austin's wide margin in the opening set, the 'Roos went ahead 12-6 in the second and forced Lewis & Clark to take a timeout. Following the break, attack errors by Austin and kills Jenna Timmerman, Pakaki-Pias and Malone brought the set even at 17-17. The teams went back-and-forth through 21-21 before Timmerman and Ashley Kane's kills bookended Austin errors to give the Pios the win.

Kane served for the set point in the third after Lewis & Clark erased another deficit, this time three, to win 26-24. Errors hindered the 'Roos (4-7) despite their match-best .195 hitting percentage.  

The Pioneers (4-4) proceeded to runaway in the fourth. 

"We got it together and played our game," Pakaki-Pias said. "We focused on our play, and we knew we could keep up with them by following the game plan."

"Anela did a good job of coming back after her injury," McGinn said, who had her first career block on Friday. "It's expected that she might be tired, but she picked up the team and led out there today. 

"With that energy, that momentum and the amazing student section, we'll do really well this year."

Deeper Look

  • McGinn continues to be stellar offensively with another .200-plus hitting match, her fourth straight and fourth when attacking 10 or more times
  • Also, she's only had less than 10 digs once in her last five matches adding 19 more on Friday, a season high
  • Blythe Ballesteros played in three sets for the second straight game and finished with her first career service ace
  • Kane's kill and assist were both firsts for her career
  • Timmerman finished with five kills, her second game with five or more after hitting a career-high six in the last match
  • Emma Ehlers had her fifth double-digit attempts game in her last six matches
  • Karson Dykes led the 'Roos with 14 kills
  • Brooklyn Talley had a team-most 27 digs and 24 assists for Austin
  • Kate Kimbro, Kelsey Parker and Ehlers each had three blocks
  • Lewis & Clark's win was its first when losing the first set this season

Looking Ahead

The Pios open Northwest Conference matches on Sept. 20 against Willamette in Portland.