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Volleyball Postgame: Ellery Creighton - 10.28.2015 - Pioneers 3, Willamette 2




PORTLAND, Ore. -- In every practice leading to Lewis & Clark's home match with Willamette on Wednesday night, the Pioneers were focused on not letting errors distract them from winning the match. It translated into the game, as Lewis & Clark fought back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat the Bearcats 25-17, 18-25, 13-25, 25-23, 16-14 at Pamplin Sports Center. The win ended a three-game losing streak for the Pioneers and gave Willamette its fourth Northwest Conference loss of the season. "Our biggest thing right now is short-term memory," said sophomore Ellery Creighton, who played in all five sets for the first time this season. "If we make a mistake, just think 'that was the past, work forward, shake it off,' and we made it through." Lewis & Clark lost the third set 25-13, falling behind by 13 points after hitting a match-worst .026, but rallied back in the fourth behind 15 kills and a .233 hitting percentage. The Pios once led 15-7 before Willamette creeped back to tie the score 23-23. Two consecutive kills by Julia Somers, who finished with a match-best 23 kills along with a .352 hitting percentage, won the set for Lewis & Clark. In the fifth set, Willamette charged ahead 4-0 before the Pios answered back with four straight. The set was tied seven times, including at 12, 13 and 14 apiece, the last of which was on a kill from Kortney Meyer. Like in the fourth set, Somers landed the last two kills to end the match. Meyer finished with nine kills and six total blocks, with Ali Carleton putting down eight kills and a team-best three aces, along with Emily Drake's three. Riley Stephens and Casey Myszkowski added seven kills each, and Creighton had five. Alexe Navarro led all players with 33 digs, while Carleton finished with 17 and Somers with 15. Sarah Fincher, who entered the match tops in the NWC in kills per set, had 16 total for the match. Kaylen Higa led the Bearcats with 22 digs and Lindsey Compton had a match-high four aces. Mikayla Lopez had 28 assists for the Pioneers while Willamette's Tynan Gable passed along 38. Lewis & Clark closes out its road games for the season on Saturday against Puget Sound at 6 p.m. before playing the final two matches at home on Nov. 6 and 7.

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