SPOKANE, Wash. – Visiting Lewis-Clark State rallied to defeat Whitworth 3-2 in a non-conference volleyball match on Wednesday night, 16-25, 22-25, 25-23, 25-23, 17-15.
The Warriors ended a six-match losing streak to improve to 7-10. That losing streak began with a loss to Whitworth at home three weeks ago. The Pirates dropped to 13-5.
LCSC's NAIA All-American Kennadie Clute led all players with 27 kills while hitting .449. She also had 22 digs, was in on four blocks and served two aces.
Whitworth jumped to an early lead by hitting .414 in the opening set behind Cassandra Mendoza's six kills. Whitworth then won the second set thanks to four kills by Emiko Kahler and two solo blocks by Brenna Bruil.
The Pirates looked poised to win the match in the third set after taking a 21-17 lead on a LCSC attack error. But the Warriors closed on an 8-2 run to survive and force a fourth set. Clute had seven kills in the third frame.
LCSC jumped ahead 18-13 in the fourth set and still led 23-18 before Whitworth rallied, getting within 24-23 on a service ace by Taylor Wicht. But the Pirates' final attack of the fourth set was long, allowing the Warriors to force the deciding fifth set.
The fifth set was tied ten times between 6-6 and 15-15 as neither team was able to gain more than a one-point advantage. But LCSC scored the final two points of the match on consecutive kills by Alexa Van Vleet and Aly Sauer.
Kahler led Whitworth with 17 kills and added 17 digs. Mendoza finished with 15 kills, while Bruil had 10 kills and was in on six blocks. Wicht finished with 26 digs and three aces. Erin White totaled 47 assists. Whitworth finished the match with a .196 hitting percentage and nine total team blocks.
Stephanie Ovitz added 15 kills, 25 digs and four aces for LCSC. The Warriors hit .132 as a team and finished with 10.0 team blocks.
Whitworth returns to Northwest Conference action this weekend at George Fox (Friday) and Pacific (Saturday).