SALT LAKE CITY – Nineteen ties, 13 lead changes, and 68 points on 45 combined kills.
And that was just the first set.
The No. 25 Lewis-Clark State volleyball team pulled off a wild five-set victory over Westminster on Saturday at Behnken Field House to maintain its hold on first place in the Frontier Conference as the regular season enters its final weeks.
It took 30-plus points to win each of the first two sets, and the Warriors and Griffins were knotted at one apiece before Westminster convincingly won the third set 25-17. Westminster won the opener 35-33 and the Warriors took the second set 32-30.
LCSC rallied for a tidy 25-14 win in the fourth set and held on 15-13 in the fifth set to improve to 12-7 overall and 8-2 in conference play.
In all, the match featured 35 ties, 18 lead changes and 136 combined kills by the two teams.
Treneisha Doyle led the way offensively for the Warriors with 18 kills and a .244 hitting percentage. Niurka Toribio chipped in 16 kills and hit .184, and Brianne Brown and Chelsea Strong had 13 kills apiece.
Strong, who has been playing particularly well of late, was huge for LCSC on the defensive end with two solo blocks and four block assists.
Brianna Kelly and Naomi Hernandez also played big minutes for the Warriors off the bench in the marathon match.
Alexis Aalona led the Griffins (13-8 overall, 6-4 Frontier Conference) with 16 kills and hit .286, and Ashley Marchant tacked on 15 kills but hit just .125.
With just five regular season matches left, Lewis-Clark State leads Carroll College by one game in the Frontier Conference, and the two teams play in Helena, Mont. on the final day of the regular season.
The Warriors take the court again next Saturday on the road against Montana Tech.