(Editor’s note: Lewis-Clark State athletics release)
HELENA — The Lewis-Clark State Warriors faced a tough Carroll College team on Friday night, and fell to the powerful offense 3-1 (25-22, 23-25, 19-25, 14-25). With the loss, the Warriors sit at 12-4 on the season and 2-2 in Frontier play.
Olivia Jarvis got the ball rolling for the Warriors in the opening set with a kill. The two teams battled back-and-forth until a kill from Lauren West put LC up 8-5. The Saints came out of a timeout with two-straight points, but the rhythm was stopped by a kill by Alexa Van Vleet. A well-placed tip by Rachel Gregg found its way to the floor and Jarvis followed with one of her own as LCSC grew the lead to 12-9. The Saints battled their way back to even the set 16-16 before Jarvis slammed a ball down to put the Warriors back on top 17-16. Carroll took their first lead of the set at 21-20 with on a Warrior error but returned the favor with an error of their own to even things at 22-22. Van Vleet found a hole in the Carroll block with an assist from West, then the two put up a block of their own to push the score to set point at 24-22. Brooke Kaawa stepped up big with a kill to give the Warriors the first set victory, 25-22.
Trailing 2-3 in the second set, Aubrey King evened the set a three apiece before Kaawa went back-to-back to give LC a 5-3 advantage. Points were traded throughout the set as the two Frontier Conference opponents battled to a 19-19 tie. Carroll took a 20-19 to force an LCSC timeout. An error by the Saints put the Warriors in front 23-22, but the Saints regained momentum to win the set 25-23.
The Saints took control in the third, jumping out to an early 7-4 lead. A four-point run featuring kills from Gregg and Van Vleet brought the Warriors within three at 9-12, but Carroll powered their way to a 17-10 lead. The Warriors fought off set-point with a kill from Jarvis and a Carroll attack error, but ultimately dropped the set to trail two sets to one.
Carroll continued to dominate in fourth set, taking a commanding 14-9 lead. Jarvis brought a kill down from Gionni Brown to cut the deficit to four at 11-15. The Saints went on a massive 10-3 scoring run to roll through the fourth and final set with a 25-14 win and 3-1 match victory.
King led the Warriors with 15 kills and Jarvis had 10. As a team, though, the Warriors hit just .133 and had 28 attack errors.
Brown wound up with 25 digs and setter Lauren West finished with 39 assists.