September 29, 2010

Larsen sets school career digs record but Pipers fall to #24 Cardinals

Larsen entered the match needing just five digs to break the previous career record of 1,792. She tallied 12 in the match.

The Pipers lost by set scores of 25-14, 25-18, 31-29.

The Cardinals used five kills to take an early 6-1 lead in the opening set and kept control of the set from there.

In the second set, Hamline took an early lead, going up 5-2. The Cardinals then took the next three points to even the score. The score was knotted again at 6-6 and 8-8, but Saint Mary's took the next three points for the 11-8 advantage.

Saint Mary's would go on to remain in control to take a 2-0 set lead.

Hamline once again took an early lead as they started the third set. Larsen opened the set with a service ace and the Pipers won the first four points.

Hamline stayed ahead, at one point building a 15-8 advantage as Sam Greeney-Hamlin (Fy., St. Cloud, Minn.) had a pair of kills while up 11-8.

The Pipers had five set points while up 24-19, but the Cardinals began their rally, preventing a fourth set by winning six points in a row.

The two teams tied up the set at every point up until the Pipers had a 29-28 lead. Saint Mary's then strung together three points to win the set, and the match.

Greeney-Hamlin and Molly Schroeder (Sr., Buffalo, Minn.) each had eight kills to lead the Pipers.

Hamline is now 8-9, 1-3 MIAC. Saint Mary's is 10-3, 3-1 MIAC. The Pipers will return to Hutton Arena on Friday, October 1, as they host a non-conference triangular. Hamline plays Buena Vista at 4:00 p.m. and then Carleton at 8:00 p.m. Carleton and Buena Vista will play each other at 6:00 p.m.