PORTLAND, Ore. – Emiko Kahler led three Pirates who hit double figures in kills as visiting Whitworth swept Lewis & Clark 25-22, 25-14, 25-20 in a Northwest Conference volleyball match on Friday night at the Pamplin Sports Center.
Kahler posted a match-high 14 kills, Cassandra Mendoza added 11 kills and Madison Douglas finished with a career-high 10 for the Pirates (7-6 overall, 4-1 NWC). Kortney Meyer had 12 kills for the Pioneers (1-11, 0-5).
Lewis & Clark had a good chance to win the opening set when Makena Ohlmaier and Casey Myszkowski combined for a block to give the Pioneers a 22-21 lead, which forced a Pirate timeout. But Whitworth came out of that timeout with four straight points, beginning with consecutive kills from Kahler.
Whitworth ran away with the second set by hitting .450 as a team. The Pirates had 11 kills and only two errors in 20 attacks. Douglas had four of her kills in the second set.
Whitworth took a 16-11 lead in the third, but L&C used a 6-0 run to go up 17-16. But the Pirates would outscore the Pioneers 9-3 the rest of the way to claim the three set sweep. Kahler's final kill of the night ended the match in the Bucs' favor.
Whitworth posted a season-high hitting percentage of .367. Gracie Meiners directed the offense with 43 assists. Taylor Wicht led the Pirates' defense with 14 digs. The Bucs have won four matches in a row, all by 3-0 scores.
Whitworth will complete the weekend trip to Oregon with a match at George Fox on Saturday afternoon (3:00 pm).