LCSC answers alarm clock to defeat Westminster
LEWISTON, Idaho - Perhaps the Lewis-Clark State College
women's volleyball team can be considered a morning
person. Or maybe because it was the weekend, the
Warriors thought they could sleep in.
Whatever the case, it took LCSC a bit to come to life
before the top-seeded Warriors were able to defeat No. 4
seed Westminster 27-29, 25-20, 25-11, 34-32 in a
well-played match in the semifinals of the Frontier
Conference Tournament on Saturday at the LCSC Activity
The Warriors, winners of 19 straight, advance to the
championship Saturday night against No. 3 seed Carroll,
which upset No. 2 seed Rocky Mountain in Saturday's
second semifinal. The winner of the title match earns an
automatic berth to the NAIA national tournament.
LCSC is 27-1 overall while Westminster finishes the
season at 12-13.
The Griffins, however, gave the Warriors all they could
handle. They jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first set
and had set point three times in the fourth set before
"I really thought Westminster played extremely well,"
LCSC coach Jen Greeny said. "They really did a good job
of fighting hard and playing hard."
The Warriors trailed by as much as eight at 16-8 in the
opening set, but rallied to tie it at 24. The Warriors
actually served for the game before Westminster ran off
three consecutive points for the win.
"I thought we were pressing a little bit too much
early," Greeny said. "I think we played more relaxed in
the second and third sets."
The Warriors trailed early in the second set but used a
pair of 3-0 runs for a 14-9 advantage. Westminster cut
it to 15-13, but the Warriors picked up their passing
and net play and was able to pull away.
The third set was all LCSC. The Warriors led 9-0 and
Westminster never got closer than eight.
The Warriors also appeared to be ready to roll in the
fourth set as they grabbed a 4-0 lead and led by as much
as 16-9. Westminster cut the lead, but LCSC went up
24-21 and had two opportunities to close out the match.
Westminster answered with the next four points and was
serving for the set. Westminster also had set point at
27-26 and 28-27, while LCSC had set points at 29, 30,
31, 32, and 33 when it finally closed it out.
"We just made too many errors ourselves," Greeny said.
"But I was pleased with our digging. We had 105 digs."
Junior middle blocker Nicole Graybeal, who was named the
conference's MVP earlier this week, paced the Warriors
with 19 kills and five block assists, while Kelli Tikker
added 15 kills and a match-high 28 digs. Lauryn
Herrick added 12 kills, seven digs and two of LCSC's six
Jenna Harp and Kenzie Mitchell had 11 kills apiece for
Westminster, while Ericka Evans had another huge match
with nine kills, 19 dugs and 34 serve receives.
For the match, LCSC hit .158, while Westminster hit
.099. LCSC also had a small advantage in blocks 10-9.