Pioneers sweep Bruins in three straight sets

Pioneers sweep Bruins in three straight sets

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers (7-6) hosted the George Fox Bruins (3-10) Friday night at Pamplin Sports Center for their second of three home matches in a row. The Pioneers swept the Bruins in three straight sets, winning 25-16, 26-24, 25-20. 

The Bruins were the first on the board in set one, establishing a two-point lead before making an attack error to earn the Pios' their first point. The teams tied twice in the first four points and traded the lead back and forth through a majority of the set. The Pioneers found their stride when the match was at 14-18, scoring five points consecutively, three off of kills by Makena Ohlmaier, before allowing the Bruins any rebuttal. Another kill by Ohlmaier clinched the set.

The second set was the closest of the night. The Bruins and Pios tied eight times within the first 10 points, trading the lead back and forth until the Pios made it to 13 points, where they were able to pull away and maintain at least a two-point lead until the conclusion of the set.

For the third set, the Pios were again the first on the board off a kill from Ka'anelaokapu'uwai Pakaki-Pias. The Bruins found some momentum however and took the lead back through the first 10 points. The Pioneers were able to tie the game 10-10 but weren't able to walk away from the Bruins until they tied again at 15-15. Once the Pios found their lead, they kept the Bruins at least two points behind until a kill from Kendall Malone clinched the win.   

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Key Moments

Makena Ohlmaier ended both the first and second set with a kill while Kendall Malone clinched the third set and match with one of her own. Ohlmaier and Malone each had 11 kills while combining for 57 of the team's total attacks. Malone also had three service aces, matching her season-high from the Linfield game on Sept. 27. 

Ka'anelaokapu'uwai Pakaki-Pias logged eight kills and 27 total attacks, plus one service ace that came in the third quarter to help the Pios pull ahead of the Bruins. Michelle McGinn logged 29 assists and 17 digs in the match, only two digs off her season-high of 19. McGinn has logged 386 assists for the season and is just four assists away from her career-high from the 2018-19 season. 

Deeper Look

  • Blythe Ballesteros logged 15 digs, just four off her season-high of 19
  • Kendall Malone is second in the conference for kills per set at 3.72 and third in the conference for kills with 171
  • Makena Ohlmaier is third in the conference for hitting percentage with .276
  • Michelle McGinn is third in the conference for assists per set with 8.39

Looking Ahead

The Lewis & Clark Pioneers next host the Pacific Lutheran Lutes on Friday at 7 p.m. The Pios then hit the road for their first of three road games. They face off against Whitman on Oct. 11, at 7 p.m.