Post-Season Pios

13 Jun

While the season concluded in November, the LCVB mentality has continued.  Though we are no longer competing against other teams in the Northwest Conference, as a team, we are constantly striving to become better athletes.  Pushing and encouraging one another, both in the weight room and on the court at our weekly open gyms, allows us to become stronger, faster, and more agile.

However, we have remained united off the court as well.  LCVB made a showing at Spring into Action, Lewis & Clark’s community service day.  We went to Hoyt Arboretum in NW Portland, where we weeded, planted trees, and helped tame a tree that was entangled with a rose bush.  As Kayla Ernewein, class of 2014, explained, “It’s always good to take a break from studying and put your hands in the dirt.”

Now that the stress of finals and school is over and summer has begun, our efforts off the court have increased!  Working as individuals now will allow us to come together to create a collectively stronger, fiercer, and more aggressive team for the Fall 2011 season. 



16 Oct

We traveled to Newberg last night to match up against the George Fox Bruins. We came out with fire, energy and a renewed desire to win, and we did 25-23, 25-19, 26-24.

Sophomore Jenn Dowdy finished with 14 kills, while Leia Matsunaga dished out 35 assists. Senior Lou Ohki returned to the line-up to lead the team with 14 digs, after sitting out the last match due to an injury. Elena Hoff and Matsunaga each contributed 10 digs. Katherine Fiedler came up with three block assists.

Alicia Callejo-Black easily had the best game of her freshman season with the team, dominating the net with her towering block, powerful kills and perfectly placed tips. It was an overall team effort and really, it felt fantastic to get back in the saddle again, to implement a cheap cliche.

Heading to Forest Grove tonight to beat Pacific in a few hours!

15 Oct

My apologies for the severe lack of posting during the past two weeks. I could give you plenty of excuses that are totally legitimate, but I won’t waste the space!

We start the second half of the season tonight with an away game against George Fox. It’s time for LCVB to turn a corner and as practice mantra has become, “Less talk – more action”.

In the meantime, please enjoy some pictures from our team outing to the pumpkin patch over fall break.


I’d also like to add that the ‘player profiles’ section of this blog has been partially updated as I start to get freshmen profiles posted. Thanks!


2 Oct

It’s Homecoming Weekend at Lewis & Clark College. The Women’s Soccer team takes on George Fox at 10am, the Football guys are up against the new Pacific program at 1pm, and we’re hosting University of Puget Sound at 7pm. Golf, swimming, cross country, softball and baseball are all competing today as well. It’s going to be a fine weekend for LC athleticis.

Go Pioneers!


30 Sep

A comment I saw on Facebook just now sums up our match last night: it was a full team effort and we really played well for the first two games, but winning in five was unnecessary when we should have finished Willamette in three.

Yes, we are excited and relieved to have come away with a win but I think the manner in which we arrived at that victory should have been more in our control. Errors and lack of confidence plagued the third and fourth games, but on a positive note, we battled back in both after digging ourselves a tremendous hole in the first 10 points. We may have underestimated our opponent, but we never surrendered to their drive or momentum.

Two things stood out in the first two games: our dominance at the net (our freshmen front row shined in Salem: Gabby Hands, Alicia Callejo-Black and Kayla Ernewein, who accomplished her pregame goal of shutting down their outside hitters) and our serves (Elena Hoff finished the night with four aces). We kept Willamette out of system and reliant on their safe sets.

I am proud of our tenacity and unwillingness to submit to defeat. We pulled out a win in the fifth game, 15-13, by some clutch execution of the basics that our coaches are always stressing: calm serve-receive passing, a fast offense, and a confident attack high off the hands of the blocker opponents.

We are now 3-2 in conference and face UPS this Saturday for our homecoming match. There should be a large turnout, what with all the activities and promotions during the day, and I am ready and willing to beat UPS at HOME in front of a loud crowd. YES WE CAN!

On the Road

29 Sep

As most of you know, we dropped both matches last weekend. Disappointing, frustrating, but we came together as a group and recommitted to our team goals and set out to start of this week of competition with heads held high. We’ve had two days of productive practice to get us back into competitive shape and I am really looking forward to what our focus and determination will amount to tonight.

We do have something to prove: to our fans, to the conference, and to ourselves most of all. LC Volleyball is a force to be reckoned with and we refuse to allow setbacks to dissuade us from our intended path.

We are on the road tonight, playing Willamette in their own gym in Salem.

Go Pios!


23 Sep

Margaret, Elena, Lou, Jenn, Leia, Kat

GAME DAY – Beat the Lutes!

See you all at 7pm!