WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers won the opening set on Friday night before the Whitman Blues took the next three in a 23-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-21 defeat at Sherwood Center.
Ka'anelaokapu'uwai Pakaki-Pias had her fifth double-double of the season with 14 kills and 12 digs. On what was otherwise an error-filled night for Lewis & Clark, Makena Ohlmaier shined with a .526 hitting percentage after 10 kills without an error. The Pioneers were hampered by a season-high 29 attack errors.
Ava McCabe had 12 kills to lead the Blues, who picked up their first win of the season and snapped a 12-game losing streak.
Both teams struggled on the attack in the first half and played the first 39 points at 0.05 hit percentages. Out of a Lewis & Clark timeout, two kills by Pakaki-Pias and mistakes by the Blues during her serve gave the Pios a one-point lead, 20-19. Each side stalled out of their opponents' timeouts and both took another lead before Michelle McGinn's quick attack ended the opener in favor of Lewis & Clark.
Four straight errors by the Pioneers late in the second set separated Whitman as the Blues evened the match. Whitman finished the third by outscoring Lewis & Clark 12-5 and overtook the Pios 2-1 in the match.
Lewis & Clark (7-8, 3-4 NWC) limited itself to four errors in the fourth set. Ohlmaier had four of her 10 kills in the game, and McGinn added eight assists to finish the match with 33 for her fourth 30-plus assists game over her last five matches.
- After doing so only twice in nine matches, Whitman hit over .100 for the fourth straight match on Friday night
- The Blues (1-12, 1-6 NWC) had won just four sets total throughout the 2019 season prior to their four-set win against the Pioneers
- Pakaki-Pias' 14 kills are her third-most this season and moved her to 248 for her career
- She also picked up her 400th career dig during the match
- Kendall Malone hit a season-low -.233 with four kills, 12 digs and an ace
- Isabel Artiaga set a new career highs with seven digs
- Ohlmaier finished led the team with three blocks
- Lewis & Clark lost back-to-back matches for only the second time this season and fell below .500 for the first time since beginning the year 0-1
Lewis & Clark wraps up the weekend trip to eastern Washington with a 6 p.m. match at Whitworth on Saturday.