WALLA WALLA - Lewis- Clark State, ranked No. 10 nationally in NAIA Division I, ran its record to 17-1 with a three-game non-conference victory (25-12, 26-24, 25-14) over Whitman College Wednesday night in Sherwood Center.
Whitman, dropping to 3-12 on the season, struggled in games one and three but came close to winning the second set.
After falling behind 11-6 to start the second, Whitman rallied behind kills by Carrie Cecil and Jillian Davis and three straight service aces from Rachel Cline.
A block by Courtney Brewer and Rachel Shober, followed by two more kills by Cecil and Davis, put the Missionaries in front 17-15. Kills by Brewer, Cline and Davis, along with a Shober ace, lengthened the lead to 21-17.
The Warriors reeled off four straight points to knot the game at 21, but two more kills by Brewer and Davis had Whitman two points away from victory.
The visitors again pulled even, but a Warriors attack error gave Whitman a set point at 24-23. Lewis-Clark State refused to wilt, wrapping kills by Kelli Tikker and Nicole Graybeal around a Whitman attack error to score three straight points and take the set.
Both sides were on target in game two. The Warriors hit .500 with 15 kills while Whitman had 14 kills and a .333 hitting percentage.
Tikker led Lewis-Clark State with eight kills, but each of four teammates added five or more kills.
Davis paced Whitman with 13 kills and eight digs. Cecil finished with seven kills while Cline handed out 22 assists.
Whitman returns to Northwest Conference action this weekend, hosting Lewis & Clark on Friday and Willamette Saturday.