FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers opened with a seven-point lead in the first set before a steep tide in scoring shifted toward their opponent on Saturday night at Stoller Center. The host Pacific Boxers rallied back and scored seven of the next 11 points on their way to a straight-sets victory, 25-22, 25-11, 25-22.
Kendall Malone landed two aces as she held serve over a six-point stretch that moved Lewis & Clark ahead 13-6 in the opener. Blythe Ballesteros landed another ace, one of six the Pios scored in the match, which took the Pios to a 15-8 lead. Then Pacific started its rally.
The Boxers (9-3, 2-0 NWC) used kills by Jordan Zweifel and Karlee Duncan, who ended the match with a match-high 10 apiece, and moved within two of the Pios. An illegal set on McGinn moved Pacific ahead before back-to-back errors put Lewis & Clark back in front. Four straight kills by the Boxers, three of which came from Nanea Lum, ended the set in Pacific's favor.
Sydney Richardson had a five-point service streak that included two aces in the third, but scoring stretches by the Boxers prevented the Pioneers from rallying back.
- While not errorless - she opened the season as such in five of her first six matches - McGinn did land five kills on her fewest attempts (7) since Aug. 31
- Lewis & Clark's 23 assists are its lowest since the opening match of the year when they had 11
- The Pios have had no fewer than five blocks in any of their last three matches and were led on Saturday by Ehlers who has no less than four over that same span
- Ka'anelaokapu'uwai Pakaki-Pias and Malone led the team with seven kills each, and Malone led the team with 11 digs
Lewis & Clark (5-5, 1-1 NWC) returns home on Friday for the first of four straight home matches when the Pios host Linfield.