Pioneers can’t find their rhythm in shut out match against the Whitman Blues

Pioneers can’t find their rhythm in shut out match against the Whitman Blues

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis and Clark Pioneers (9-7, 2-7 NWC) came up short against the Whitman Blues (7-10, 3-6 NWC) in a shut out of three straight sets. Despite celebrating Aloha Night with festive Hawaiian shirts and leis, the Pioneers didn't seem to find their groove until the third set, holding on to a lead until the Blues surged back in the final few points of the match, (14-25, 15-25, 22-25).

Freshman Ka'anelaokapu'uwai Pakaki-Pias was among the top performers of the night with 14 digs, along with seniors Kortney Meyer with 11 kills and Casey Myzskowski with four blocks. Pakaki-Pias and fellow Hawaiian teammates Michelle McGinn, Kayla Valdez, Blythe Ballesteros, and Annika San Nicolas all represented their home state well in celebration of Aloha Night.

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Key Moments:

The Pioneers struggled through the first two sets, allowing Whitman to score first and run away with the lead each time. The second set seemed particularly challenging as the Pioneers made twelve errors to Whitman's four, with only six kills to Whitman's ten.

By the third set, the Pioneers seemed to have finally found what they needed to take the final set and held onto the lead until the final few points. They had 18 kills to Whitman's 16, and only five errors to Whitman's 4.

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Looking Ahead

The Pioneers play Whitworth at home on Dig Pink Night on Oct. 13.