LEWISTON, Idaho – Lewis-Clark State finished the fourth set on a 7-0 run to hand visiting Whitworth a 25-21, 33-35, 25-23, 25-23 setback in a non-conference volleyball match on Wednesday night at the LCSC Activity Center.
The NAIA Warriors broke a three-game losing streak and improved to 8-13. The Pirates fell to 12-9. It was the final non-conference contest on the schedule for both squads.
Whitworth trailed 23-18 in the opening set before scoring three straight points to pull within 23-21. But LCSC scored the next two points to hold off the Bucs.
Whitworth led the second set 24-20 before the Warriors used a 6-1 run to go up 26-25. There were seven ties and four lead changes from that point before the Pirates pulled out a win on an LCSC attack error. It was the longest set of the season for Whitworth.
After opening leads of 9-3 and 15-9, the Warriors appeared on the way to an easy win in the third set. The Pirates closed to within 16-15, thanks in part to a pair of aces by Cara Crosby. After LCSC went back up 23-19, Whitworth rallied again to within 24-23 on a kill by Cassandra Mendoza before the Warriors got the necessary point.
Trailing 9-6 in the fourth set, Whitworth used a 10-5 run to go ahead 16-14 after Emiko Kahler's kill. The Pirates extended their lead to 23-18 after a kill from Gracie Meiners and an LCSC attack error. But then the Warriors used their 7-0 run to overcome the Bucs and win the match.
LCSC hit .207 and finished with 11.0 team blocks. Rachel Gregg had 17 kills and hit .333 to lead her squad. Justine Cota Culp added 14 kills.
Kahler had 15 kills, Mendoza finished with 14 and Lauren Budde added 10 for the Pirates, who hit .128 in the match. Gracie Meiners dished 42 assists and Taylor Wicht totaled 19 digs and four service aces.
Whitworth returns home to host Lewis & Clark College and George Fox University in a pair of non-conference matches this weekend.