Lindstrom Records 17 Kills, but Lewis & Clark Rallies Past Bearcats, 3-1

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University sophomore outside hitter Kelley Lindstrom (Banks, OR/Banks HS) registered 17 kills, including five kills in a 30-22 win by the Bearcats in Game #1, but visiting Lewis & Clark College rallied to win the next three games, 30-24, 30-19 and 33-31, to claim victory in the Northwest Conference match at Cone Field House on Saturday, Oct. 28. With the win, L&C is now 7-17 overall, 5-9 in the NWC. Willamette went to 4-20 overall, 0-14 in the NWC.

Lindstrom recorded her third straight double-digit kill total in an eight-day span. She earned 19 kills against Pacific Lutheran on Oct. 21, then provided the Bearcats with 17 kills against Linfield College on Oct. 25. Including Saturday’s match against Lewis & Clark, she has pounded out 53 kills in the past three matches, while averaging 4.4 kills per game and achieving a .254 hitting percentage. Against the Pioneers, she also had 14 digs two service aces and two block assists.

Willamette hit .214 as a team in the opening game. The Bearcats surged out to an 11-3 lead, including a total of five kills by five different players. Lewis & Clark rallied to get within 17-14, but WU went on a 5-0 run for a 22-14 advantage. The Pioneers never got closer than seven points the rest of the way. Lindstrom was credited with five kills and no errors on 10 attacks during the game (.500 hitting percentage) .

L&C led 5-1 early in Game #2, but eventually trailed 21-16 after a kill by Lindstrom. The Pioneers answered with an 8-1 run for a 24-22 lead. Willamette scored the next point, but Lewis & Clark completed the game with a 6-1 run.

The Pioneers led 10-4 in the third game, before Willamette tallied five consecutive points to pull within 10-9. The run included three service aces by Mary Butler (So., MB, Robbins, CA/Yuba City HS). Willamette also edged within one point at 11-10, but L&C added a 10-2 offensive outburst to take control of the game.

Game #4 was an intense battle that featured 19 ties and 13 lead changes. The only time either team led by more than two points was at 16-13 in favor of the Pioneers. Willamette won the next four rallies to take a 17-16 lead.

Later, the Bearcats trailed 26-24, but tied the game with kills from Jessica Durham (So., OH, Medford, OR/North Medford HS) and Jessica Drumm (Jr., S, Salem, OR/South Salem HS). After L&C reached game point at 29-27, the Bearcats rallied again on three straight attacking errors by the Pioneers.

WU held game point at 30-29. The Pioneers kept the game going with a kill by Sara Kettler, who led all players with 19 kills on the night. Another attacking error gave Willamette a 31-30 advantage, before Lewis & Clark reeled off three straight points for the win. L&C’s final point was scored on block assists by Danielle Johnson and Jessamy Holland.

Kettler was one of three players with double-digit kills for the Pioneers. She hit .455 with just four attacking errors on 33 attacks. Holland and Andrea Chase each contributed 11 kills. Leah Collins registered 26 digs for the Pioneers, while Liz Nguyen chipped in 24 digs and Holland added 15. Melody Kayser provided L&C with 22 assists and Chase supplied 17 assists. The Pioneers accumulated 9.0 team total blocks, led by five block assists by Holland.

Lindstrom was Willamette’s only player in double figures for kills. Butler pounded out eight kills and Durham connected for seven kills. Drumm totaled 48 assists on WU’s 56 kills. She also supplied nine digs and five block assists.

Alona Lyamin (Jr., LIB/DS, Moses Lake, WA/Moses Lake Christian Academy/Big Bend CC) led all players from both teams with 30 digs, while Butler achieved 10 total blocks (1 solo, 9 assists). The Bearcats earned 10.0 total blocks as a team (1 solo, 18 assists).

After hitting .214 in the first game, the Bearcats slipped below .100 in each of the remaining games. Lewis & Clark hit just .070 in the first game and .100 in Game #4, but struck for a .222 hitting percentage in the second game and .314 in the third game.

Both teams reached double figures in aces. L&C earned 13 and the Bearcats recorded 11, including five aces by Butler. The Bearcats committed seven serving errors. Lewis & Clark was called for four serving errors.

The match was the last action for Willamette at Cone Field House this season. WU will conclude its schedule with road matches at George Fox University on Friday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. (PST), and at the University of Puget Sound on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. (PST).