ASHLAND, OR – The Lewis-Clark State volleyball opened the Raider Invitational, hosted by Southern Oregon, with a Warrior versus Warrior matchup. LC took on William Jessup in the opening match of the tournament and came away with their second consecutive 3-0 sweep (25-20, 26-24, 25-22). LC combined for 15 total blocks, led by Denise Elder with six. Brooke Kaawa led the team with eight kills.
“We did a lot in the offseason to make sure that we were getting better at our blocking,” coach Shaun Pohlman said. “So far, that has been something that has come through for us, so it’s great to see the fruits of our labor.”
The first four LC points came via William Jessup errors, before a block by Elder and Jordan Hunter gave the Warriors a 5-3 lead. A kill by Kaawa and another block by Elder and Carli Berntson grew the advantage to 7-4. Kaawa and Berntson struck for back-to-back kills from Josilyn Remick to make it 9-5. The WJU Warriors crept back within two at 11-9, but a kill and a service ace put LC back in control. Gionni Brown provided offense with an impressive play to keep the momentum on the side of LC and bring the lead to 16-11. Kills from Kaawa and Tori Edwards were aided by errors by Jessup to push LC to a 25-20 win in set one.
Elder put the first LC point on the board in the second set with a solo block. She and Jordan Hunter went back-to-back with kills and Edwards joined in on the party to make it 4-2. Sydney Lawrence and Edwards put up a block to keep the rally going and Hunter capped it to bring the advantage to 6-2. Three Jessup errors were followed by a kill by Jordan Phelan to grow the lead to 11-6. Edwards snapped a three-point skid with a kill at 14-10. After a period of back-and-forth, three-straight WJU errors put LC ahead by six at 19-13. Phelan served an ace coming out of a timeout, then Hannah Pond added one of her own to make it 22-15. WJU went on a four-point run before knotting things up 24-24. A WJU service error pushed the set to set point for LC, and a kill by Edwards gave the Warriors the 26-24 win.
The Warriors took a 3-2 lead in the third set with the help of a kill by Edwards and two William Jessup errors. WJU rallied for four-straight to take a 10-8 lead before Berntson sent a kill down to bring LC back into the set. A kill from Kaawa brought the Warriors within two at 11-9. Jessup grew their lead to as large as 14-10 before LC fought back to even the score. Kills by Hunter and blocks by Elder, Hunter and Edwards evened the set 15-15 and a pair from Kaawa put LC back in front at 19-18. Kaawa and Lawrence went back-to-back with kills to give LC a 21-20 advantage, and Lawrence put up a block to make it 22-20. Berntson contributed a kill from Remick and a solo block by Edwards gave LC the 25-22 set win for a 3-0 match victory.
Kaawa led the Warriors with eight kills and Edwards added seven. Brown collected 19 digs to go with Pond’s 12. Remick led the Warriors in assists with 21. Elder put up six total blocks in the match.
“We are still not where we need to be in some other areas,” Pohlman said. “We missed 14 serves tonight and we’ve got to dial that in.”
The Warriors continue the tournament Friday with No. 20 Jamestown at 11 a.m. and No. 18 Vanguard at 3 p.m.