GREAT FALLS, Mont. – In what was expected to be one of its bigger challenges so far this season, the Lewis-Clark State College volleyball team made quick work of the University of Great Falls on Saturday, defeating them in three games 25-16, 25-22, 25-18.
Now with an overall record of 16-0 and a 4-0 mark in the Frontier Conference, the Warriors remain in sole possession of first place in the conference, as they stand a half game ahead of Rocky Mountain’s 3-0 record, and a game and a half ahead of Carroll, Great Falls, and Westminster who all are 2-1.
Considering Great Falls had swept Westminster 3-0 on Thursday and taken MSU-Northern in four games the week before, LCSC coach Jen Greeny was pleased with the way her players were up to the challenge on Saturday. “As a team we played very well,” said Greeny. “We were able to adjust to what they were doing, and just came out as the aggressor.
LCSC hit .341 on the match, while Great Falls hit .080, and committed only six attack errors compared to Great Falls’ 27.
Leading the attack for the Warriors was junior Anile Clemente. Clemente, last year’s Frontier Conference Player of the Year and currently leading the conference with 3.8 kills per game, hit .455 during the match to record 10 kills without any attack errors.
Julie Maciboba, Josi Lyman, and Dana Christiansen all added five kills apiece, Lisa Davis and Abby Bruya had 15 and 14 assists respectively, and Lindsay Scott led defensive efforts with 11 digs.
“Great Falls is a great team,” said Greeny. “I don’t think they played their best, but we did execute really well.”
Currently enjoying the best record in the NAIA, Lewis-Clark State sets its sight on the trip to Salt Lake City on Sept. 26. “Now we’ll go home and prepare for Westminster,” Greeny said. “We’ll just keep thinking one match at a time.”