WALLA WALLA, Wash. - For the second time this season, the Lewis-Clark State College women's volleyball team made short work of NCAA Division III Whitman College, sweeping the Missionaries 25-20, 25-13, 25-18 in a nonleague match on Tuesday night.
The win moves the Warriors to 17-7 on the season and was the team's final non-Frontier Conference match of the regular season. LCSC defeated Whitman earlier this season in Lewiston 25-19, 25-16, 25-20.
LCSC, ranked No. 24 in the NAIA, overcame a slow start on Tuesday as the Warriors fell behind 7-1 in the first game. Led by sophomore outside hitter, the Warriors began their comeback and rolled to eight straight points to turn a 10-6 deficit into a 14-10 lead. Herrick had a kill and four service aces during the run.
Whitman managed to cut the lead to one twice, the final time at 19-18, but kills by Herrick and Lisa Davis helped the Warriors close out the game.
Herrick again came up big early in the second game with three kills to help the Warriors roll out to an 11-3 lead. Whitman couldn't get closer than six and sophomore Abby Bruya's back-to-back service aces ended any hope of a Missionaries' comeback to help close out the game.
Whitman grabbed the early lead in the third game at 7-4, but two kills apiece from senior Dani Barrett and junior Demi Dlouhy put the Warriors ahead 11-7.
Whitman did rally to tie the game at 15 and trailed only 19-17 when LCSC scored six of the game's final seven points to close out the match. The run featured three attack errors and a service error by Whitman, while Dlouhy finished the match with a kill.
The Warriors again featured a balanced attack. Senior All-American Anile Clemente led the squad with eight kills, while Barrett added seven and a .636 hitting percent. Dlouhy hit .600 and added six kills, while Dana Christiansen also had six kills. Herrick, Jenika Bird and Kelli Tikker had five kills apiece.
The Warriors hit .402 for the match and collected seven service aces, including four by Herrick. Davis finished with 20 assists, while Kim Fong added 17. Katie Hinrichs led the defense with 20 digs.
Whitman, which hit .150 for the match, falls to 4-15 overall.
Next up for LCSC is its final road trip of the regular season when the Warriors head to Salt Lake City to face Westminster on Friday. The match will begin at 6 p.m.