Bump in the Road: Roadrunners Look to Bounce Back After Loss to Mount Hood

Photo: Cam Hanson

LBCC returns home after another week on the road to play in-conference foe Clark on on Friday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. After pulling a nine game win streak, LBCC was upset by Chemeketa (11-16, 5-4 Conference) on Friday, Oct. 19 in a score of 3-1. LBCC started off hot by winning a set 25-20, but the Storm remained competitive, winning the next two matches 26-24 and taking a very close fought victory. This also gave LBCC their first conference loss, something they did not encounter for a total of eight straight games.

Despite this, LBCC looks to move forward and rebound against Mount Hood, then coming back home to face Clark (15-16, 6-3 Conference). Clark is a junior college located in Vancouver, Washington and have held their own in the NWAC, boasting a 6-3 record in league play. This comes from a stellar performance on the road, holding a 4-2 record, but performing under .500 at home, with a 6-7 record overall. Clark is currently on a two game win streak and hopes to continue that against Chemeketa.

Clark is barely under a .500 win percentage on the season but has playmakers all over the court. Some names that show up statistically include Mary Schorn, who is currently fourth individually in the conference in digs per set (4.97) and overall digs (442 total). Additionally, Payton Walker holds the fifth best blocks per set average at 0.86.

LBCC holds a number of spots in the stat book as well, with Kya Knuth holding the number one spot overall in digs with 477, which is 15 more than second place. Ally Tow holds fourth in overall kills (287) and service aces per set (0.53). Grace Phillips also holds a spot in fourth on overall hitting percentage (.328)

It’s a battle between the south region’s top two powers. LBCC will need to recover from a heartbreaker against Mount Hood, and has a chance to get the momentum in their favor again by playing on home court. LBCC leads the south with a two game advantage, and a win against Clark would create a huge gap in the standings and further solidify their shot at the NWAC tournament. If the Roadrunners can get over the slump against the Storm and get past a weaker Mount Hood team, there could be plenty of energy that comes into this game. It’ll be needed, and has a chance to propel this season into further legacy as we near a close to the year.

Story by Cam Hanson

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