Warrior Women's Volleyball
Warrior Volleyball Team Remains Unbeaten Through Weekend
The third-ranked Lewis Clark State College volleyball team (4-0) continued to roll through the competition winning three matches on the road this past weekend.
On Saturday, the Warriors wasted little time in defeating Warner Pacific, 3-0. The final game scores were: 15-4, 15-6 and 15-1. Senior tri-captain Regina Cooper (John Day, OR) and freshman Nicole Welfel (Colville, WA) carried the offensive attack. Cooper recorded 14 kills while Welfel added 10. Arianna Jacobson (Olympia, WA) saw considerable time as the setter and registered 25 assists.
Saturday night, LC had to recuperate and take on the #20-team in the NAIA, Concordia University, and face them on their own home-court. The Warriors won three-games-to-none, but it wasnt that easy. LC took game one 15-6, but had to earn the second game, 15-11. "We got off to a slow start in game two," said head coach Kip Yoshimura. "After coming back, we controlled the rest of the match." Game three was won by the Warriors, 15-7. Amber Weatherspoon (Athena, OR) led LC with 13 kills. NAIA All-America setter, Marci Pascua (Grass Valley, CA), added 36 assists. Cooper recorded 15 digs on the evening.
"We were excited to play a nationally ranked team this early in the season," said Yoshimura. "Concordia will be a tough team in their region and I expect to see them in the regionals."
Sunday, the Warriors would play NCAA Division II-member, Saint Martins College. The Warriors got a battle from the Lady Saints in Lacey, WA. LC, which hadnt dropped a game this year suddendly saw itself tied after two games. "We started slowly in the first two games," said Yoshimura. "We came out in games three and four to win, and they showed it."
LC, after winning game one 15-13 and then lost game two 15-12, quickly disposed of the up-start Lady Saints by identical 15-6 scores. Cooper dominated the net by recording 23 kills and Pascua registered 53 assists. Sandy Arend (Tacoma, WA) led the Warriors defensively with 24 kills.
The Lewis-Clark State volleyball team will continue on the road with five matches in three days. LC gets things started Thursday, September 7th, at Cal State-Monterey Bay. On Friday, September 8th, the Warriors take on Hope International and regional power, Biola. The tournament culminates on Saturday, September 9th, as LC takes on Embry-Riddle (AZ) Aeronautical University and Concordia University of Irvine, CA. Yoshimura expects to have two-time NAIA All-America Angela Igoe (Firth, ID) back, at least in a part-time roll.
"This will be a good test for us in a crucial part of the season," said Yoshimura. "Biola was in the Final Four a couple of years ago and Concordia is one of the top teams in their region."