The Eagles won by set scores of 27-25, 25-18, 25-21.
Hamline and Northwestern battled through the opening set, frequently alternating a pair of points per sideout. They tied the score at each opportunity between 22-22 and 25-25 before the Eagles took the set win on a Piper attacking error.
The second set started off in Northwestern's favor until Hamline put together five points, pulling within two as they were down 13-11. In that stretch the Eagles had four attacking errors.
However, up 14-13, Northwestern responded with eight straight points, going up 21-13. Greta King (Jr., Willmar, Minn.) had a pair of kills in that stretch.
The Pipers came out strong in the third set, scoring the first three points on a Molly Schroeder (Sr., Buffalo, Minn.) kill and two Northwestern errors. Hamline remained in the lead until the score was tied at 12-12. Then the Eagles' Danielle Rhodes (Sr., Iowa City, Iowa) had a kill to give Northwestern the lead.
The Eagles would stay ahead on the scoreboard to with the set, and the match.
Chelsea Koth (Jr., Hibbing, Minn.) had 12 kills to lead the Eagles while Rhodes and Elissa Sandstrom (Sr., Cloquet, Minn.) had 11 apiece.
Sam Greeney-Hamlin (Fy., St. Cloud, Minn.) had nine kills to lead Hamline.
The Pipers drop to 2-3 overall with the non-conference loss while the Eagles are now 2-4 overall. Hamline will play four matches this Friday and Saturday at UW-Superior in the Yellowjacket Classic.