UMW News BureauThe Lewis-Clark State Warriors (LCSC) got off to a fast start and never let up, defeating the University of Montana Western (UMW) volleyball squad Friday in the Bulldogs’ home opener (25-17, 25-21, 25-16). On Saturday afternoon, Montana Western lost to the Westminster College Griffins in four sets (26-24, 20-25, 18-25, 19-25). By Lowell Peterson The Lewis-Clark State Warriors (LCSC) got off to a fast start and never let up, defeating the University of Montana Western (UMW) volleyball squad Friday in the Bulldogs’ home opener (25-17, 25-21, 25-16). On Saturday afternoon, Montana Western lost to the Westminster College Griffins in four sets (26-24, 20-25, 18-25, 19-25). Lewis-Clark used their height advantage at the net and kept the Bulldogs on the defensive all night. The Warriors won the battle at the net, pounding down 38 kills to Montana Western's 23. At the net defensively, LCSC had a combined 12 blocks while Montana Western recorded just one. Kayla Schmid led Montana Western in kills with 10 and in digs with nine. Charelle Minor had the Bulldogs’ lone block and Paige Latimer led the team with 17 assists. Kelli Tikker topped the Warriors with 13 kills and Tanja Luedin added 11. Luedin and Chelsea Strong led the team with three blocks each and Ali Hubert had a team high 21 assists. Tikker had a team high 13 digs and Lauryn Herrick had three of the Warriors' five service aces. In the opening set against Westminster on Saturday, the Bulldogs trailed 16-20 before going on a 5-1 run to tie the set at 21-all on a Susane Rehse kill. Three straight errors found the Bulldogs down 21-24 and seemingly headed for a loss, but the Bulldogs rallied again, scoring the last five points to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Jessica Brunett started the run with a kill and Paige Latimer took over the service duties. The Griffins had three straight errors before Latimer assisted Brunett for the winning kill shot. The second set was close until Westminster pulled away near the end for the win. The Griffins pulled ahead early in set three and the Bulldogs didn’t seriously mount a challenge. Set four was a battle and the score was tied 18-18 before Westminster finished with a 7-1 run to close out the match. Brunett (14), Rehse (11) and Minor (10) all recorded double figures in kills. Latimer had a team high 27 assists and Shelby Mack was strong defensively with 25 digs. Rehse led the Bulldogs with two blocks and two service aces. Kenzie Mitchell led the Griffins in kills with 10 and in service aces with three. Emily Atkinson had a team high 35 assists and Kyndall Kordakis recorded 21 digs. Katie Vance led Westminster in blocks with five. Montana Western’s record dropped to 5-10 on the season and 0-4 in conference play. Lewis-Clark State improved to 8-3 overall and 2-1 in the conference and Westminster upped their record to 5-7 overall and 2-2 in the conference. The Bulldogs head to the road for the next two games at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont. on Sept. 23 and at Carroll College in Helena, Mont. on Sept. 24.