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Bulldog volleyball loses in Idaho

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The Lewis-Clark State Warriors defeated the University of Montana Western Bulldog volleyball squad in three sets, 25-14, 25-13, 25-5, Thursday night in the Activity Center in Lewiston, Idaho. By Lowell Peterson The Lewis-Clark State Warriors defeated the University of Montana Western Bulldog volleyball squad in three sets, 25-14, 25-13, 25-5, Thursday night in the Activity Center in Lewiston, Idaho. The first set was close with the lead changing hands several times and was tied at 9-9 near the midway point. The Bulldogs only trailed 11-10 when the Warriors caught fire, scoring 14 of the last 18 points to secure the win. Set number two was also a close contest at the beginning and Montana Western only trailed by one, 8-7, before L-C State ran off eight straight points to build a comfortable lead at 16-7. The Warriors maintained the lead the rest of the set and finished with a 12-point win. The Warriors came out in the third set and left little doubt about the outcome by racing out to a 9-1 lead. The Bulldogs would only manage to score four more points in the set as L-C State coasted on to a 25-5 win and sweep the match. Although it would have been a major upset for the Bulldogs to win the match on the Warriors home court, Coach Lisa Griffiths expected a better showing from her team. “I was disappointed in our performance against a very tough Lewis-Clark team,” Griffiths said. “We knew they were going to be solid and we felt prepared for it but our performance did not show it. After a string of great practices it's difficult to watch the team struggle to get anything going. The routine plays that we normally make were not happening for us.” L-C State dominated play at the net, registering 34 kills to Montana Western’s 14. Kayla Schmid topped the Bulldogs in kills with five and Paige Latimer led the team with 11 assists. Schmid also led the team with nine of the 26 team digs. Lauryn Herrick had seven kills for the Warriors and Brianne Brown added six. Nevena Dragovic was the assist leader with 25 and Kaylee Rector had eight digs. Coach Griffiths was able to find a positive on the night in a match that lasted only 61 minutes. “The bright spot on the night was definitely Susie Rehse's blocking," Griffiths said. "She did a great job slowing down their hitters and helping our team defense. As a senior, she is definitely making the most of every opportunity and setting a great example for the younger players.” The ninth-ranked Warriors improved to 9-1 in conference play and 15-3 overall. The Bulldogs fell to 1-9 in the conference and 6-15 overall. Montana Western travels on to Salt Lake City to play Westminster College on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m.
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