Pios strong in third set of road defeat

Pios strong in third set of road defeat

 

TACOMA, Wash. -- Isabel Artiaga hit a career-high 12 kills in the Lewis & Clark Pioneers four-set loss to the Pacific Lutheran Lutes on Friday.

Lewis & Clark fell 25-16, 25-22, 21-25, 25-20. 

Artiaga hit .290 and had three blocks. Kendall Malone added 10 kills, while Michelle McGinn had a 40-assist night with three kills, two aces and 19 digs.

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Key Moments 

Lewis & Clark lost the opening set by a wide margin, but rattled off a bunch of points toward the end of the match on McGinn's serve. The Pios seemingly used that momentum and stayed point-for-point with the Lutes in the second including a 22-21 lead late in the game. 

The third set was the most defining moment for the Pioneers on Friday as Lewis & Clark built a 9-3 lead off the start. Artiaga had five of her kills in the game and Jenna Timmerman added four as the Pios didn't relinquish the lead despite rallies from PLU to get within one. 

"We had a turning point in our program tonight," head coach Emily Hayes said. "We started off slowly and then we made the choice to reset and play the high-level volleyball we practice every day. We were defending lights out and attacking from all cylinders the last part of that match, and I am both proud and excited to see this team continue to burst through ceilings in the future."

The Pioneers held leads of four points (10-6, 12-8) in the fourth set. PLU slowly chipped away before a final push to score the final six points of the match. Artiaga had four more kills in the final set.

"Izzy had the match of her college career tonight," Hayes said. "Michelle is one of the best volleyball players in the conference and the best setter. She was distributing a balanced offense while also attacking, blocking, and digging."

McGinn had a three-block night.

Deeper Look

  • Makena Ohlmaier hit .238 with nine kills and six blocks, a season high
  • She's hit .230 or better in three consecutive matches
  • Ka'anelaokapu'uwai Pakaki-Pias was one shy of her career best for digs with 24, also a season high, which brings her to 490 in her career
  • Kayla Valdez had 17 digs, her most since Sept. 28, to go with four assists
  • Malone's 10 kills gives her double-digit kill totals for the fifth-straight game, the longest stretch of her career
  • Danielle Skibiel and McKenzie Pfeiffer led the Lutes with 13 kills apiece

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers compete in their final two matches of the season on Nov. 8-9. Senior Night will be held on the latter against Whitworth.

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