Led by two critical kills from senior middle block Julie Maciboba in the fifth game, the Warriors outlasted
Friday’s match, however, marked the first time this season LCSC lost a game at home. The Warriors swept their previous 10 matches in three games.
More important, the win kept the Warriors alone in first place in the conference at 11-1. LCSC, ranked 10th in the NAIA, is 24-1 overall, while
Prior to the match, the Warriors honored the four seniors on the squad, and led by those seniors, LCSC managed to overcome much during the night.
“We just kept fighting,” said Maciboba, who finished with 17 kills and a match-high .341 hitting percentage. “There were moments when we let down, but we never quit.”
The Warriors hit only .160 for the match, while
“That’s a lot of digs,” LCSC coach Jennifer Greeny said. “It was tough to get things going tonight. They played some fabulous defense and neither team really hit that well. It was more like the team that made the fewest errors would come out on top.”
In the first game, LCSC trailed early, but eventually took a 20-14 lead to claim the win. The Warriors held a 20-19 lead in the see-saw second game before the two teams went back and forth. After LCSC tied the game at 24,
The Warriors led the third game by as much as 15-7 before
In the fourth game,
The Warriors never trailed in the fifth game and used runs of three and four points for a 12-6 lead. After a
“”It’s always great to go four or five games as long as you come out on top like tonight,” Greeny said, laughing. “But I’ve said before, we love playing at home. We want to have that home court edge and we love playing at home. The crowd was absolutely great tonight.”
Maciboba also had three service aces, seven digs and two block assists. Another senior, Austyn Lewis, added five kills and two solo blocks. Clemente had two service aces and five kills, but only hit .119 for the match and had five service errors.
“I thought our seniors played very well tonight,” Greeny said of Maciboba, Scott, Lewis, and Whitney Bond. “Our underclassmen were a bit off. But Lauren Herrick played well.”
Herrick, a junior, added 13 kills.
The Warriors received a brief scare when junior Dana Christiansen went down in the second game and stayed on the floor. Greeny said that Christiansen appeared to tweak an ankle that she twisted a week ago. She did not return to the match.
The Warriors close out the regular season on the road next week, taking on Carroll in
LCSC will then play host to the eight-team single-elimination Frontier Conference Tournament on Nov. 14-15. The four first round matches will be played on Nov. 14, with the two semifinals and championship match on Nov. 15.