Warrior Volleyball Earns First Victories of the Season with Sweeps of WPU
2/20/2021 | Alisha Alexander | Sports Information Director
LEWISTON, Idaho – The Warriors got back on the right track on Saturday with a pair of sweeps against Warner Pacific (Ore.). After dropping a pair to a strong Bushnell team on Friday, the squad bounced back well and took the first match 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-21), and swept the second (25-21, 25-14, 25-16).
“We had a very slow start, and that was disappointing to see, but the response was what we were hoping for a looking for,” Head Coach Shaun Pohlman said. “We were looking for some consistency, so I think we found a lot more consistency today, although there are some areas that need to be patched up.
“I am happy that we responded today and put ourselves in a good position,” Pohlman added. “We are back to .500 (2-2). It is all about learning and getting better, because at the end of the season we face some of the top teams in the country. We want to make sure we are improving and getting ourselves ready for the end of the year.”
Jada Wyms was one of the top performers for Lewis-Clark State with 17 kills on a .615 attack percentage. She hit .419 on the weekend.
“We want middles to be high-efficient hitters,” Pohlman said. “We knew when we recruited Jada that that was what we would get out of her. The fact that she is from Region Nine (NJCAA), which is where I come from, is pretty cool to see. She is impressive to watch for sure.”
MATCH ONE: LC State def. Warner Pacific 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-21)
The Knights of WPU came out strong with six straight points before Ashlee Bachman served an ace to start the LC scoring. Warner Pacific continued with its strong offense to push the advantage to 12-3 before a kill by Chloe Emory and block by Channa Hart and Emory brought LC within five. Back-to-back kills by Hart and Tori Edwards cut the deficit to 16-13, and a pair of kills by both Wyms and Edwards fueled a five-point run to give LC State a 19-18 lead. Six straight Warrior points, including three consecutive aces by Edwards, ended the set 25-20.
The Warriors answered an opening WPU points with seven of their own. A 7-2 run by the Knights cut the LC lead to one, but a kill by Carli Berntson from Jess Ruffing sparked a six-point rally. A block by Wyms and Berntson capped the run and gave the Warriors a 19-13 advantage. Kills by Emory and Wyms fueled the final run of the set for a 25-18 win.
WPU jumped out to a 5-3 lead to open the third set before kills from Edwards and a block by Edwards and Wyms fueled a five-point run to put LC in front 8-5. The Warriors held a steady led throughout the set and finished Warner Pacific off with kills by Kierstyn York and a block by Wyms and Berntson.
Edwards and Wyms led LC with 10 kills each, with Wyms doing so at a clip of .563. Berntson brought down nine kills with a .471 attack percentage, and Hannah Martinez dealt 25 assists. Berntson put up five blocks and Edwards led the team with 11 digs.
MATCH TWO: LC State def. Warner Pacific 3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-16)
LC State carried the momentum over from the first match and got the contest started with kills by Berntson and Edwards. Hart and Berntson teamed up on back-to-back blocks to make it 4-2, but WPU rallied to tie the set 10-10. An ace by Edwards gave the Warriors a 16-13 lead, and three straight kills by Berntson, Wyms and Emory made it 20-15. An ace from Ruffing was followed by a kill from Edwards to end the set.
A kill by Emory and an ace by Edwards gave the Warriors a 3-0 to open the second set. Back-to-back kills by Emory, with assist from Ruffing and Martinez, pushed the advantage to 6-2. Costly WPU errors put LC State in control, and a run of three kills by Edwards, Hallie Seaman and Ruffing added to a five-point stretch to bring the score to set point. Edwards ended it 25-14 with a big swing.
Three straight kills by Berntson and Wyms gave the Warriors an 8-5 advantage in the third, and a run of eight points that featured four kills, two blocks and an ace put LC in front 19-7. A pair of kills from Berntson and Edwards ended the set and the match.
Edwards and Emory led the Warriors with eight kills each. Wyms and Berntson each had seven, with Wyms doing so with a .700 attack percentage. Martinez dished out 19 assists and Ruffing dealt 14, while Kenzie Dean led the defense with 17 digs. Berntson assisted on four blocks.
The Warriors host another four-team tournament-style weekend on March 5 and 6. They will face Oregon Tech twice on day one, then turn around to take on Multnomah in a pair of matches the following day. All four matches will be streamed on the Warrior Sports Network for free.
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