PORTLAND, Ore. – Riding a multi-pronged attack, Linfield swept aside a nasty losing streak with a four-set Northwest Conference road victory over Lewis & Clark Saturday night at Pamplin Sports Complex.
The Wildcats (8-10, 3-7 NWC) entered the match having lost eight straight before prevailing for the first time this season on an opponent’s home floor.
Kailana Ritte-Camara (Jr., Molokai, Hawaii) registered a match-high 14 kills while adding 10 digs and three block assists, Leimomi Hookano delivered 13 kills, and Kelsey Ludin (Sr., Bozeman, Mont.) and Victoria Thompson (Jr., Newberg, Ore.) provided another nine kills apiece to vault the Wildcats to victory in nearly a month.
Linfield out-hit Lewis & Clark, .161 to .074, out-blocked the Pioneers, 9-6, and had three more service aces.
The Wildcats jumped on the Pioneers early in the first set, racing to leads of 4-0 and 10-2. L&C kept its poise, pulling to within two points, 23-21, before a kill from Hookano, coupled with a Pioneers’ attack error, ended the set in Linfield’s favor.
Lewis & Clark pulled away from a 6-6 tie in the second set to take the lead for good.
Three kills by Ritte-Camara and two from Hookano sparked Linfield in the pivotal third set. The ‘Cats hit .302 in the frame on the way to a 10-point win.
Ludin dropped down three kills and Thompson added two more as the Wildcats captured Set 4 and the match. Linfield emerged from an 11-all tie with a 6-0 spurt and never trailed by fewer than three points after that.
Jennifer Dowdy paced L&C with 11 kills and 13 digs and Kateleya Milan had nine kills in losing effort. The Pioneers hit .139 to the Wildcats’ .085, to take a three-point win and square the match at 1.
‘CAT SCRATCH: Linfield’s eight-match losing slide was the longest ever recorded in Wildcats history. . . the Wildcats’ seven straight conference defeats matched a club record set in 2010.
COMING UP: The Wildcats head to Tacoma, Wash., to battle NWC leader Pacific Lutheran Friday night to cap a five-match stretch on the road. Saturday, Linfield hosts Yamhill County rival George Fox. Both matches get underway at 7 p.m.
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