(Editor’s Note: Argo Athletics Media Release)
GREAT FALLS, Mont. – In a five-set thriller, No. 15 Argo volleyball (9-5) rallied from a 0-2 deficit to take the last three sets over Lewis-Clark State Warriors (10-3), 3-2 (16-25, 18-25, 25-22, 25-18, 17-15), snapping an eight-game win streak on Saturday afternoon.
University of Providence 3 – Lewis-Clark State 2
The Warriors struck early in the first, taking a quick 0-4 lead. The Argos battled back with four of their own to even the contest, 4-4. Lewis-Clark State grabbed the momentum back following an Argo attack error to push the match to 5-10. The Warriors added on to their lead to eventually push the game to a 11-19 lead. The Argos rallied to outscore Lewis-Clark State, 5-2, but it was too little too late as the Warriors would score four more to close out the opening set, 16-25.
During the second set, the Warriors got out to a 0-2 lead and maintained their lead to take the match to 7-10. Following an Argo service error, the Warriors would score seven in a row to give Lewis-Clark State a 10-point lead, 7-17. The Argos switch the momentum into their favor after a Warrior attack error sparked a 5-1 Argos’ rally to bring the game within six, 12-18. The set closed out as the Warriors outscored the Argos, 7-6, to put the Argos back against the wall, 0-2.
The third set was a battle as the two squads traded points back-and-forth, but the Argos held the 7-6 advantage to open the set. The Warriors wouldn’t let the lead last long as they scored four-straight to take the lead, 7-10. Lewis-Clark State held the advantage until a kill from junior Kelsey Shaver tied things up at 19-19. The teams would trade points again to make it 21-22, before a kill from junior Averi Dyer sparked a four-point run to close out the set, 25-22.
For the first time in the match thus far, the Argos struck first to take the initial two points, 2-0. However, the two squads battled yet again to have a 6-6 tie. The match would remain tied following six more points, 9-9. The set would be tied once more following a Warrior service ace to push the game to 15 all. The Argos heated up at the end of the set as they would outscore the Warriors 10-3 to push the match to a final decisive fifth set, 25-18.
The final set opened up to three-straight Warriors points, 0-3. Lewis-Clark tacked on one more to their lead as they outscored the Argos, 5-4, to push the lead to 4-8. A Shaver kill sparked a 4-1 Argo run to pull the game within one, 8-9. The Argos would tack on two more, while the Warriors only added one to have a tied game at 10. The Warriors looked to close things out as they would take a 4-2 run to set point, 12-14. An attack error and two kills from Shaver put the Argos back on top at 15-14. The Warriors would tie the match up at 15, but the Argos proved resilient to garner another kill from Shaver and an attack error sealed the win for the Argos, 17-15.
Shaver led the Argos offensively, garnering a match-high 19 kills in the win. Dyer and Sydney Andersen claimed eight kills each. Senior Paige Jensen tallied 38 assists. Freshman Cameron Davies controlled the net as she notched eight blocks. Dyer and senior Olivia Snead collected 21 and 20 digs, respectively.
The Argos will take the court in McLaughlin again as the Northern Skylights come to town on September 19 at 7 p.m.
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