Warriors complete sweep of Montana Tech
BUTTE, Mont. – The Lewis-Clark State College women’s volleyball team finished what it started by completing a three-game sweep on Montana Tech on Wednesday in the completion of a match that was suspended last month because of a power outage.
The Warriors won the first two sets of the match 25-17, 25-18 and led 3-0 in the third game when the match was stopped by a power outage at the Tech gym on Sept. 17 in Butte. The two teams decided to make up the remainder of the match on Wednesday because LCSC was passing through on its current road trip.
The Warriors wasted little time in finishing the match with a 25-19 win in the third game for the sweep.
LCSC is now tied for the top spot in the Frontier Conference standings at 6-1 and improved to 12-3 overall with its sixth straight win, four of which have been 3-0 sweeps.
The Warriors actually trailed 10-8 in the third game on Wednesday, but ran off five of the next six points to take the lead for good. The Warriors also scored five of the final six points in the match as Lauryn Herrick had a pair of kills while Naomi Hernandez ended the match with a service ace.
Herrick led a balanced Warrior attack with nine kills, while Liz Clark added five. Tanja Luedin and Brianne Brown had four each. Nevena Dragovic added 19 assists and three kills, while Brown had 11 assists. Kaylee Rector added nine assists. Hernandez had two of LCSC’s four service aces.
LCSC senior middle blocker Nicole Graybeal was injured and did not play in match before it was suspended. Although she was healthy on Wednesday, conference rules did not allow her to enter the match.
Chelsea Strong had five blocks and three kills, while Clark had three blocks and Herrick added two. LCSC outblocked Tech 11-5.
For the match, the Warriors hit .237 compared to 0.00 for Tech, which hit a negative-0.62 in the first set and then only .034 and .028, respectively, in the next two sets. The Warriors did not hit worse than .208 in any of the sets.
LCSC continues its road trip on Thursday when it takes on Rocky Mountain in Billings for sole possession of first place in the conference standings. Both teams finished the first half of league play at 6-1. The Warriors wrap up the road trip on Saturday in Helena against Carroll. Both Thursday’s and Saturday’s matches begin at 6 p.m.