SALEM, Ore. – The Lewis-Clark State Volleyball team took on a Cascade Conference giant on Friday night in Salem in the No. 3 Corban Warriors. LC State battled through a tight first set, but fell in three (26-24, 25-18, 25-21).
LC State is now 12-9 in Cascade Conference play heading into the final match of the regular season.
It was a tight battle in the opening set. Channa Hart tallied a kill before assisting Lisi Langi on a block to give LC a 2-1 edge as the back-and-forth began. Corban maintained a slim edge until another kill by Hart evened the frame 10-10, and one by Carli Berntson made it 15-15. A kill by Berntson and error by the hosting Warriors kept the scored knotted 18-18 before Cassidy Nelson put LC in front with a kill at 19-18.
Corban rallied to take a 23-19 advantage over LC State, but a kill by Langi and block by Jada Wyms and Berntson pulled the Warriors back within two at 23-21. A kill by Grecia Ung Enriquez helped LC fight off a set point, but Corban finished the frame with a 26-24 set win.
The hosting Warriors carried the momentum into the second set and took a quick 9-3 lead. A block by Hart and Nelson pulled LC within three, 11-8, but another Corban rally had the Warriors trailing 16-9. Corban went on to take the frame 25-18.
Nelson tallied the first kill of the third set to give LC some momentum. Wyms and Ung Enriquez tallied back-to-back kills, and Langi added one as part of a five-point run to put LC ahead 6-2. Corban chipped away at the margin to tie things up 13-13 before taking a 16-15 lead.
An attack error by Corban was followed by two kills by Ung Enriquez and one by Wyms for a four-point rally to give LC a 19-16 advantage. Kills by Ung Enriquez and Langi kept the visiting Warriors in front by a slim margin, 21-20, but Corban surged to overtake LC State and finish the match with a 25-21 set win.
Ung Enriquez led LC State with 13 kills. Jennah Carpenter dished out 13 assists and Esther Kailiponi dealt 10. Kenzie Dean anchored the defense with 14 digs, Hart had four blocks and Berntson added three.
The Warriors wrap up the regular season on Saturday at Bushnell. First serve is set for 5 p.m. in Eugene, Ore.