PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers were defeated by the Pacific Boxers on Saturday night at Pamplin Sports Center. Competing on Dig Pink Night, the Pios fell in straight sets, 25-22, 25-16, 26-17.
The Pioneers had their best hitting game in their last five matches, but the Boxers hit their second-highest percentage (.348) of the season. Kendall Malone led the Pios with 11 kills, her 12th double-digit kills game this season.
The game was the Pios' final at home until the last weekend of the year and Lewis & Clark's fifth loss in a row.
While the nine-point margin for the Boxers in the second set indicated a dominate set, the Pioneers only committed three attacking errors nor had their worst hitting percentage of the night. Instead, Pacific hit a remarkable .486 and scored their first 15 points of the set via kills. Jordan Zweifel, who led the Boxers with 12 in the match, had three in the stretch of 15. Makena Ohlmaier landed an ace and Michelle McGinn had a kill during the Pios best scoring stretch - three points in a row.
Lewis & Clark (7-11, 3-7 NWC) fell behind modestly in the third, but scored points on two kills by Malone and a Pacific error to close within one, 9-8. Pacific scored five straight points, but the Pioneers picked up five of the next six points and remained within two. The Boxers closed out the match on a 10-4 run.
Kate Kimbro started her first match since Sept. 13 after she finished with four kills and a .375 hitting percentage on Friday at Willamette. She had two kills, hit .143 and added three blocks on Saturday.
"She came in with the mentality that she was going to kill the ball and she hit crazy good yesterday," McGinn said. "She repeated that today.
"Kendall did a good job using the block and being smart on where she hit, where she tipped, and she played good defense in the back row."
Outside of libero Kayla Valdez (12), Malone was the Pios' leader in digs with 11. McGinn finished with three kills and led the team with a .222 hitting percentage to go with 24 assists, three aces and nine digs.
- The loss moves the Pioneers to seventh place in the Northwest Conference and has them three games behind Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran for fourth place
- Ka'anelaokapu'uwai Pakaki-Pias had eight kills and now has at least eight kills in seven of her last eight matches
- With four kills on Saturday, Kelsey Parker has had at least four kills in three of her last four games
- After not having a solo block in her first 11 matches, Grace McCullough has had at least one in four of her last six appearances including one against Pacific
- Haley Walz led the match with 14 digs for Pacific, and Milana Ivkovic and Elika Unti joined Zweifel with double-digit kills
- Pacific (15-5, 8-2 NWC) committed 10 serving errors in the match, while the Pioneers had five aces
- McGinn's three aces matched her season high
Lewis & Clark plays its next four games on the road. The stretch starts on Friday at Linfield.