Emory Leads Warriors in Season Opener
LCSC Press Release
LEWISTON, Idaho – The LC State Volleyball team took the court for the first time in 462 days on Friday on the first day on Cascade Conference competition. Though the Warriors fell to Bushnell in both matches, with the Beacons taking the first match 3-1 (21-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-19) and the second 3-0 (25-16, 27-25, 25-15) they were grateful to be competing and are eager to hit the court again.
“It’s kind of funny how quick you move from just being grateful to play again, to being competitive and wanting more,” Head Coach Shaun Pohlman said. “I think that that is a tough thing to get over, and we are all competitors and we want more for ourselves. We have to go through the struggles of what it is like to play again, and what it is like to fail and learn from the failure and move on.”
Five Warriors made their LC State debut in the two matches, including transfers Chloe Emory and Jada Wyms. Both tallied double-digit kills in the first match, with Emory bringing down a match-high 16 and Wyms adding 12. Freshman Hannah Martinez dished 25 assists between the two matches.
Returner Carli Berntson boasted 13 kills in the first match, and Jess Ruffing led the team in assists with 42 in the seven sets.
“I wish that we had a deeper bench, but what we have is good,” Pohlman said. “We have plenty of dynamic players to be effective, which is really cool, and tons of playing time this year for everyone. I think the biggest lesson we can learn today is just learning how to finish. There were plenty of opportunities for us to win, and we didn’t finish.”
MATCH ONE: Bushnell def. LC State 3-1 (21-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-19)
The Warriors came out eager and ready to play in the first set of the modified season. Berntson earned the first LC State kill of the year with an assist from Ruffing before a BU error made it 3-2 Warriors. A kill by Emory kept LC in the lead early in the set, and back-to-back big swings by Tori Edwards and Wyms gave the Warriors an 8-4 advantage.
LC continued to maintain a four-point lead with three straight kills from Channa Hart, Edwards and Bernston. A kill by Martinez and an ace by Edwards made is a 22-16 game, and a pair of kills by Emory led to the 25-21 final in the first.
A kill by Edwards, block by Wyms and Emory, and an ace by Edwards gave LC State a 9-5 lead in the second set. The Beacons rallied to tie things up 11-11 before pulling ahead 20-15. They took the set 25-19.
Bushnell carried the momentum into set three and took a quick 7-3 lead. Kills by Berntson and Wyms brought LC within one before Emory tied the set 8-8, and a pair of aces by Wyms put the Warriors in front 17-16. A quick three-point run gave BU a 24-22 advantage before a kill by Bushnell’s Camille Guerrero ended the set 25-23.
The Warriors battled through the fourth set as back-to-back kills by Edwards gave LC a 4-2 lead. Trailing 11-9, a kill by Hart, block by Hart and Berntson and an ace by Ashlee Bachman put the Warriors in front 12-11, but Bushnell rallied for a 16-12 lead. LC came within one in the final part of set before dropping 25-19.
Emory led all players in the match with 16 kills. Berntson was second with 13 and three blocks, and Wyms tallied 12 kills on a .364 attack percentage. Ruffing led the team in assists with 24, and Martinez dished out 15. Kenzie Dean led the defense with 27 digs while Edwards had 13.
MATCH TWO: Bushnell def. LC State 3-0 (25-16, 27-25, 25-15)
The second match of the day proved to be a difficult one with LC falling in three sets. Bushnell carried the energy from the first match over and put up four quick points to open the set. Two BU errors and a pair of blocks by Wyms and Berntson tied things up 4-4. The Beacons put together a 6-2 run to take a 17-10 lead, and three straight points after a kill by Emory ended the set 25-16.
In the closest set of the day, LC State rallied with a run of four on kills by Berntson and Emory and aces from Dean to take a 9-8 lead. A Bushnell service error sparked a six-point rally that included three straight aces from Bachman and a kill by Edwards to make it a 16-12 advantage in favor of the Warriors. Points from Emory and Berntson pushed the score to set point, 24-21, but LC State could not finish off the Beacons in the frame.
Bushnell controlled the third set and led the entire way before ending the match with a 25-15 win.
Emory led LC State in the second match with nine kills, and Edwards and Berntson each had seven. Ruffing tallied 18 assists and Martinez dealt 10. Dean led LC with 10 digs.
The Warriors return to the court on Saturday with a pair of matches against Warner Pacific (Ore.) in the Activity Center at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Both matches will be streamed on the Warrior Sports Network for free.