Prior to the start of play, the Pipers honored libero Heidi Larsen (Sr., Andover, Minn.). Over the past two weeks, Larsen twice broke the school record for digs in a match. Those records helped her become the Pipers’ all-time leader in career digs during Hamline’s match at Saint Mary’s on Wednesday.
Her 46 digs in a five-set MIAC win over St. Catherine on September 25 is now the individual match record. She had tallied 1,800 digs in her career at Hamline leading into tonight's matches. The previous record was 1,792.
Director of athletics Bob Beeman and head coach Audrey Ludwig presented Larsen with a commemorative ball to mark the milestones.
At the end of the evening of play, Hamline had an 8-11 overall record, Carleton was 9-8, and Buena Vista was 8-10.
Hamline will next play at home on Wednesday, October 6, hosting Gustavus Adolphus at 7:00 p.m.
Match #1: Buena Vista def. Hamline, 3-1
In the opening match of the triangular, Hamline faced off against Buena Vista from the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, dropping a 3-1 match to the Beavers. Buena Vista won by set scores of 25-20, 14-25, 25-11, 25-9.
Buena Vista won the opening three points of the match, starting with a pair of kills from Kacie Woodley (Jr., Laurens, Iowa). They led until Hamline tied the set at 19-19 on a kill from Aisha Baker (So., Minnetonka, Minn.). Shannon Schmidt (Jr., Bismark, N.D.) gave the Pipers their first lead of the match, 20-19, with a kill on the next point.
A trio of Hamline errors combined with three Buena Vista kills to give the Beavers the next six points, and the opening set.
In the second set, it was the Pipers who would jump out to an early lead, 5-1. Larsen and Sammy Redman (Fy., Rochester, Minn.) each had a service ace in that stretch.
Up, 19-13, Molly Schroeder (Sr., Buffalo, Minn.) served the next seven points as Hamline ran up a 25-14 advantage. Schroeder had an ace, Sam Greeney-Hamlin (Fy., St. Cloud, Minn.) and Anna Murie (Sr., Grand Forks, N.D.) each had a kill, and the Beavers had three errors in that run.
The Beavers’ Katie Vondrak (Sr., Sioux City, Iowa) had a kill to get the ball back for Buena Vista, but blocks from Greeney-Hamlin and Baker gave Hamline the set on the next point.
Buena Vista went on to win the next two sets to win the match, leading from early on in each.
Schmidt had 10 kills to lead the Pipers while Vondrak tallied 21 in the match for Buena Vista.
Hamline was led defensively by 19 digs from Larsen. McKenzie Moore (Sr., Harlan, Iowa) matched that total for the Beavers.
Match #2: Carleton def. Buena Vista, 3-0Photo album
The Knights and Beavers played a 6:00 p.m. match, with Carleton winning in straight sets, 25-14, 26-24, 25-17.
Carleton opened up quickly as the Knights won the first four points on Erin Anderson’s (Jr., Bloomington, Minn.) serve. Kelly Lovett (Sr., Portland, Ore.) had a pair of kills in those four points. Anderson started the third set off in similar fashion, winning the opening three points.
The Knights cruised to victory in both of those sets.
The second set proved to be the closest set of the match, with six ties in the opening 12 points of the set. At 6-6, Lacie Drennan (Jr., Larrabee, Iowa), recorded a kill to begin a four-point run for the Beavers.
The Knights worked their way out of a 16-13 deficit with a 6-2 stretch that gave them a 19-18 lead. The Beavers would tie the match again at 19-19 and 24-24, but a kill from Sami Kemper (Fy., Prior Lake, Minn.) and a service ace from Maddy Lenhard (Sr., Eden Prairie, Minn.) gave Carleton the second set.
Vondrak had 16 kills to lead Buena Vista while Lovett led Carleton with 12 kills.
Match #3: Carleton def. Hamline, 3-2Photo album
The evening ended with an exciting five-set match that lasted nearly 1:45, as the Carleton College Knights defeated Hamline in a non-conference contest. The set scores were 25-14, 20-25, 18-25, 25-21, 15-8.
Larsen started the match against the Knights off with a pair of service aces for a 2-0 lead. The Knights quickly evened the score at 3-3, and there were ties again on the board at 4-4, 5-5, and 7-7.
At 7-7, Carleton won the next three points on a pair of Piper erros and a kill from Sarah Nielsen (So., Altoona, Wis.). They then put together six points in a row while up 13-9, taking a secure lead in the set as they went on to win the opener.
Hamline bounced back, and with scrappy play in the back row and strong play from their hitters, the Pipers took the next two sets.
Carleton took a 3-1 lead to begin the second, but the Pipers didn’t let the lead last long, as they tied it at 4-4 with a Redman service ace and a kill from Murie.
After a 7-7 tie, a pair of Carleton errors and another Murie kill gave Hamline a three-point cushion at 10-7. They maintained at least a two point lead for the rest of the set.
The third set mirrored the previous, as the Pipers took a 4-1 lead, starting the set with a service ace from Larsen. A 7-7 tie once again yielded to a Hamline lead, this time by two points with an error and a Schmidt kill.
The Knights closed to within one point at 10-9, but never got any closer as Hamline cruised to the set victory and a 2-1 lead in the match.
Carleton evened the match in the fourth, going up 6-3 early and staying ahead to force the fifth and deciding set. The Knights went on to take a 5-1 lead to begin the final set as Lovett knocked down a pair of kills and there were two Hamline errors.
Hamline wasn’t able to close to closer than three (6-3), as Carleton went on to win the set, and the match.
Schmidt had 11 kills to lead Hamline while Lovett had 14 and Jessa Youso (So., Virginia, Minn.) added 12. Defensively, Larsen had 26 digs for the Pipers and four Knights had double-digit digs tallies.