PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers dropped the first set but rallied to beat the visiting Willamette Bearcats in four sets, 22-25, 25-19, 25-17, 25-15. This win brings the Pioneers to 12-8 overall on the season and 5-8 in the NWC.
The Pioneers excelled in their offense recording 54 kills in the match, but won the game with their defense totaling a season-high 22 total blocks.
The Bearcats (9-13, 6-7 NWC) started out of the gate strong building a 10-4 lead early in the first set. The Pioneers got to within one point but the Bearcats held on to win the first set.
The Pioneers fell behind early in the second set but traded runs with the Bearcats with neither team able to pull away by more than a few points. Out of a timeout late in the second set sophomore Makena Ohlmaier recorded a kill off of a set by Mikayla Lopez that sparked the Pioneers offense. The Pioneers finished off the set earning the last four points to even the match 1-1.
The Pioneers kept their momentum from their third set win and pulled out to a large lead early in the fourth set. A huge serving sequence by senior Annika San Nicolas allowed the Pioneers to go on a 13-0 run and build a 17-3 lead en route to their third straight set win.
- Michelle McGinn and Lopez combined for 42 assists
- Kortney Meyer led the team in kills, with 20
- Ohlmaier had a career-high nine total blocks
- Ka'anelaokapu'uwai Pakaki-Pias led the team with 25 digs
- The Pioneers have won their last three matches, their longest winning streak in conference play this season
The Pioneers continue conference play on the road against George Fox on Saturday, Oct. 27.