LEWISTON - Whitman's volleyball team dropped a 3-1 non conference game with NAIA powerhouse Lewis-Clark State Wednesday in Lewiston.
It was their final tuneup before ending the Northwest Conference season.
The Warriors, ranked No. 9 nationally in the NAIA, posted a 25-11, 25-27, 25-13, 25-19 victory over the Missionaries. The loss dropped Whitman to 8-16 on the season.
Jillian Davis and Carrie Cecil paced Whitman's offense with nine kills apiece. Davis added a team-high 12 digs and three service aces.
Olivia Nielson and Courtney Brewer added seven and five kills each while hitting .316 and .273.
Whitman also got 24 assists from Taylor Aschenbrenner and seven digs each from Rachel Shober and Becca Gotz.
After LCSC won the first set with relative ease, Whitman battled back in a second set with 14 tie scores. Trailing 13-12, the Missionaries won six of the next eight points to lead 18-15. Cecil sparked the run with two kills and a block.
The Warriors pulled even at 19-19, but Whitman regained a two-point edge on a Nielson kill and Davis service ace. After the Missionaries eased back in front 23-22 on Cecil's kill, two Whitman errors gave LCSC a set point (24-23) that it failed to convert.
Brewer's block produced a set point for Whitman at 25-24, but the Warriors knotted the score a final time at 25 before committing service and attack errors to hand the set to the Missionaries.
Whitman put up another good fight in the fourth set. Down 9-5, the Missionaries ticked off five unanswered points to lead by one. Kills by Cecil and Davis, along with a Nielson ace, sparked the rally.
Three more kills, two by Davis and one by Nielson, had Whitman back on top 13-11. With the Missionaries clinging to a 15-14 lead, the Warriors seized command with an 8-1 spurt and closed out the set, and match, from there.
Whitman ends its season this weekend in Oregon with games at Lewis & Clark College Friday and Willamette Saturday.
The Missionaries are tied for fifth in the NWC.