Lewis-Clark State College
Game Story vs. Central Washington
Warriors roll to 10th-straight win
LEWISTON, ID--The second-ranked Lewis-Clark State College Warriors showed why they are ranked so high after disposing NCAA Division II-member, Central Washington University, 3-0. The Warriors found out early in the afternoon that they were second in the NAIA Top-25 poll with only defending national champion, Columbia (MO) College standing in their way.
Lewis-Clark State (10-0) cruised in the first game, 15-4. Frontier Conference Player-of-the-Week, Amber Weatherspoon (Athena, OR) asserted herself early with numerous kills that the Wildcats could not handle. Marci Pascua (Grass Valley, CA) dished out the assists, 43 in all, left-and-right all night.
In game two, Central Washington (2-7) came out fighting. They kept it close, 2-2, but then LC poured it on. The Warriors ballooned the lead to 10-2, and then the Wildcats unleashed a comeback. CWU closed the gap to 11-8 at one point, taking advantage of a pair of service aces from Carolyn Mires (Walla Walla, WA) and one from Alison Gargus (Yakima, WA). The Wildcats also forced several Warrior attack errors that helped CWU get back in the game. LC ran off three quick points to take a 14-8 lead, but had four game-points broken by the Wildcats. Central Washington eventually tied the game at 14 as Kim Werkau (Sumner, WA) and Kari St. Martin (Yakima, WA) combined on a block. CW took the lead, 15-14 as Werkau spiked the ball to the floor off of an assist from St. Martin. The Warriors, who have lost only two games all season, rallied back and took the game, 18-16, as Regina Cooper (John Day, OR) returned a zero-attack, by a Wildcat player, to the floor.
In the third game, the Wildcats jumped ahead to a 3-1 lead early and stayed with the rallying Warriors at 6-6 before Lewis-Clark would start to pull away. LC would run off five points to take an 11-6 lead, but the Wildcats werent done. CWU closed to 11-8, but Lewis-Clark State would prove to have too much in the swelting Warrior Gymnasium by finishing off the Cats, 15-8.
Leading the way for the Warriors was Weatherspoon, who was named Most Valuable Player-of-the-Match, and Cooper. They combined for 32 kills on the night. Sandy Arend (Tacoma, WA) led LC with 14 digs. CWU was led by Werkau and Mires who combined for 22 kills. St. Martin registered 46 assists for the Wildcats.
Lewis-Clark State will now travel to Dillon, MT to open Frontier Conference play against Western Montana on Friday evening. The Warriors will also play Saturday against Montana Tech in Butte, MT to round out the trip.
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