The set scores in the match were 25-23, 25-23, 16-25, 16-25, 15-11.
The Pipers opened up the match by winning the first two sets of the match by identical scores, with the two teams battling point-for-point until the end. The score was tied 11 times in the opening set and five times in the second set.
The teams were rarely more than a point or two apart in score, with the exception of a 10-6 lead gained by Gustavus early in the second set. The Pipers picked away at the Gustie lead a couple of points at a time to tie it at 13-13 on a Molly Schroeder (Sr., Buffalo, Minn.) kill.
In the third and fourth sets, the Gusties took early commanding leads. Down 24-12 on Gustavus' set point in both the third and fourth sets, Hamline strung together four points before the Gusties won each set.
In the fifth set, the Gusties jumped out to a 7-3 lead, as Angela Ahrendt (Jr., Saint Paul, Minn.) had five kills. But Hamline started to come back, and made their move while trailing 11-7.
Hamline capitalized on a Gustie attack error for a sideout and an 11-8 score. Heidi Larsen (Sr., Andover, Minn.) then stepped back and served an ace to put the Pipers within two at 11-9.
She would then proceed to serve out the match as Hamline reeled off the next six points, including two more aces, to win the set 15-11.
Ahrendt finished with 23 kills for the Gusties.
For Hamline, Shannon Schmidt (Jr., Bismark, N.D.) led with 14 kills, Sam Greeney-Hamlin (Fy., St. Cloud, Minn.) had 12, and Schroder added 11 kills.
Sammy Redman (Fy., Rochester, Minn.) had 43 set assists and Larsen had 29 digs. Schmidt also added 21 digs.
Emily Phillips (So., Cleveland, Minn.) had six blocks assists for Gustavus while Greeney-Hamlin had four.
The Pipers are now 9-11, 2-3 MIAC while the Gusties are 6-10, 1-4 MIAC after the conference contest.
The Pipers next play on Friday, October 8, at St. Thomas at 7:00 p.m.