Pirates Unable To Overcome Pioneers

PORTLAND, Ore. – Lewis & Clark used 48 kills and a .183 hitting percentage to defeat the Whitworth volleyball team 25-16, 25-21, 25-18 on Friday evening in the Pamplin Sports Complex.  Whitworth falls to 5-7 for the season, 1-4 in Northwest Conference play, while Lewis & Clark improves to 5-9 overall, 1-4 in the NWC.

Whitworth fell behind early in the first set, going down by as many as four points before the Pirates were able to tie the score at 9-9 on a kill by junior Abi Hedlund. After a 10-10 tie, the Pioneers started to pull away. Sophomore Tori LaBrie would score on a kill, followed by a block by junior Briauna Stadeli, but it would be the last two Whitworth points of the set.

The Pirates got out to an early 2-0 lead in the second set, but Lewis & Clark would not let Whitworth get too far ahead. A kill by Jennifer Dowdy tied the game at 2-2. The teams kept it close, trading points and getting to a 6-6 tie, but a string of Lewis & Clark serves gave the Pioneers a slight lead.  Whitworth took advantage of a Lewis & Clark service error and put together its own string of serves to tie the game at 9-9. The Pioneers used a kill by Kateleya Milan as a catalyst to pull ahead and take the second set.

In the third set, the Bucs would again get behind early, but came back to tie the set at 5-5.  Unfortunately, that would be as close as Whitworth could get in the set.  Lewis & Clark scored four straight points to put some distance between the teams and it proved to be too much for the Pirates to overcome.

Whitworth finished the night with 26 kills and a hitting percentage of .035. The Pirates had five team blocks while the Pioneers had two, but it would not be enough for Whitworth to overcome Lewis & Clark. Whitworth had its best hitting percentage of the night in the third set, finishing with a .064.

Abi Hedlund and freshman Nicole Leonard each had six kills and 10 digs to lead the Bucs. Junior Jalana White finished the night with 14 digs and five kills, and junior Whitney Santos had 13 digs for Whitworth. Freshman Maddye Dinsmore had 25 assists, nine digs and two aces in her return for the Pirates.

Jennifer Dowdy and Kateleya Milan lead the Pioneers with 12 kills apiece while Brigitte Russo finished with 10 kills. Daniela de Kervor had 23 digs and an ace for Lewis & Clark.

Whitworth returns to action Saturday night when the Pirates play at George Fox at 5 pm PDT.

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