Balanced Pioneer Attack Subdues Whits

News Release Date:
Friday, October 23

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Deploying a balanced attack and hitting .324 as a team, Lewis & Clark scrambled past Whitman College 25-11, 22-25, 25-19 and 25-22 in Northwest Conference volleyball action Friday night in Sherwood Center.

Lewis & Clark, getting 42 of its 62 kills from a trio of players, improved to 7-4 in the NWC and 11-9 on the season.

Alex Graves (#12)

Despite a potent one-two punch from Alex Graves and Carrie Cecil, Whitman saw its record fall to 1-10 and 4-13.

Margaret Dowling combined 15 kills (.419) with 14 digs to pace the Pioneers. Jennifer Dowdy added 14 kills (.357) and Katherine Fielder had 13 (.500). Sarah Hall and Jessamy Holland chipped in with seven kills apiece.

Graves, a senior captain, countered with a match-high 19 kills and 10 digs for Whitman. Cecil, a first-year Missionary, hit .308 with 12 kills.  

Whitman also got 33 assists from Katie Richards and 10 digs and three service aces from Katie Miller

Leia Matsunaga ran Lewis & Clark's offense, handing out 45 assists to go with 10 digs. Lou Ohki collected a match-high 22 digs for the Pioneers.

Whitman, which rallied to win game two on the strength of an 11-0 scoring run, battled the Pioneers in game four and nearly forced a deciding fifth set.

With Lewis & Clark up 21-17 in that fourth game, Graves pounded her last three kills as Whitman closed its gap to 22-20. Miller's kill kept the Missionaries within striking distance at 24-22, but a kill by Fielder on the next point put the Pioneers over the top.

Lewis & Clark dominated the first set and held a 15-11 lead in game two before a Graves kill triggered Whitman's longest scoring run of the season. First-year Missionary Hannah Holloran served the next 10 points for the home team, scoring three of those points on her own service aces.

Kills by Miller, Richards and Graves added to the game-two surge. First-year middle blocker Olivia Nielson also had two of her four block assists during the run, which ended with Whitman on top 22-15.

Carrie Cecil

Another Graves kill gave Whitman a 23-17 cushion, but the Pioneers reeled off five straight points to make it interesting. A Pioneer attack error and Cecil's kill sealed the win for the Missionaries. 

After the two sides split the first two games, Lewis & Clark regained control at the start of game three, pulling away to a 21-14 lead. Three straight kills, two by Graves and one by Miller, drew the Missionaries to within 22-19 before the Pioneers responded with three unanswered points to take the set.

Whitman stays at home Saturday for a 5 p.m. match with George Fox, which lost in three games to Whitworth tonight in Spokane.

Lewis & Clark heads to Spokane for a 5 p.m. Saturday match at Whitworth.

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
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