PARKLAND - A trio of Pacific Lutheran players finished with at least 10 kills as the Lutes rolled past Lewis & Clark, 25-14, 25-8, 25-16, in a Northwest Conference volleyball match played Saturday night in Olson Auditorium.
With the victory, the 16th-ranked Lutes improve to 17-3 overall and 11-1 in the conference. Lewis & Clark is now 6-15 overall and 2-10 in the NWC.
Amy Wooten led PLU with 11 kills while hitting .500, and she was followed by Allison Wood and Haley Urdahl with 10 kills apiece as the Lutes hit an impressive .292 during the match. They were especially sharp during the second set when they hit .405.
Brianne Vincent, who started at setter for the second straight night in place of the injured Samantha North, finished the match with 42 assists, two service aces and eight digs. Blair Bjorkman led the team with 20 digs and Bethany Huston had nine kills, a .474 attack percentage and two solo blocks.
For Lewis & Clark, which finished the match with a -.009 attack percentage, Brigitte Russo had seven kills and Kelsie Dorpat 16 assists.
Lewis & Clark took an 8-5 first-set lead on back-to-back kills by Jennifer Dowdy, but once the Lutes took the lead at 9-8 on Kacey Hartman's service ace, they were never headed. Vincent served 11 straight points as the Lutes expanded an 11-10 advantage to 22-10.
The Pioneers led early in the second game, 4-2, on a PLU attack error, but again the Lutes were simply too much for the visitors to handle. Amber Aguiar served five consecutive points and Hartman had a string of seven in the convincing win.
In the final set, Pacific Lutheran built up a commanding 20-6 lead, including 13 straight points from Aguiar's serve, before Lewis & Clark put together a small comeback behind three consecutive aces from Daniele De kervor. Kills by Russo and Kateleya Milan made the score 21-14 before the Lutes finally closed out the set and match.
For PLU head coach Kevin Aoki, now in his 17th season coaching volleyball at his alma mater, the win was the 299th of his career against only 137 losses. The Lutes will try to get Aoki his 300th victory when they host Saint Martin's in a non-conference match at 7 p.m. next Tuesday.
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