TACOMA, Wash. -- For the second time this season, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers won their first set against the Puget Sound Loggers. On Saturday at the Memorial Fieldhouse, the Pios lost the final three in a 19-25, 25-19, 25-28, 25-18 defeat.
For the match, Makena Ohlmaier hit .261 and had 10 kills to go with an ace, two digs and four blocks. Blythe Ballesteros had a career-high four aces, while Emma Ehlers assisted on a career-best eight blocks.
The Pioneers opened to a 7-2 lead in the initial set on Saturday, a stretch that included one of three aces by Ballesteros. The senior regained the serve after the Loggers closed to within two and put down her final two aces along with a kill by Ohlmaier to give the Pios an 18-11 edge.
Puget Sound (13-11, 8-4 NWC) bounced back in the second and scored 12 of the first 14 points in the set. Once again on service from Ballesteros, the Pioneers scored four straight points including a kill by Kelsey Parker, one of five kills for her in the match. Parker hit her highest percentage of the season (.313) since Sept. 16.
Pakaki-Pias scored three-straight kills and Lewis & Clark challenged the rest of the set, but never got closer than four points.
Kills by Malone, Pakaki-Pias and Parker and another ace by Ballesteros gave the Pioneers an 8-4 led in third game. Puget Sound called timeout and scored five of the next six points to take the lead. The set remained about a three-point margin until the late stages when the Loggers went on another run to win 25-18.
An early lead for the Pioneers (8-12, 4-8 NWC) disapated by a streak of points from Puget Sound in the fourth. Tied at eight, the Loggers moved ahead 12-8 and never relinquished the lead.
- Malone led the team in kills (11) and digs (12) to go with three blocks
- Michelle McGinn totaled 31 assists and 11 digs
- Kayla Valdez added five digs and Isabel Artiaga had four
- Pakaki-Pias matched her career high with four assisted blocks
- Tallie Davison led the Loggers with 18 kills and Sarah Blumenfeld had a match-high 55 assists
The Pioneers play at George Fox on Wednesday and will look for the season sweep over the Bruins.