September 10, 2010

Pipers split again in tourney play

Hamline opened the evening with a 3-1 (25-22, 25-16, 22-25, 25-21) victory over Northland College. They would go on to drop a 3-1 match to the host Yellowjackets (25-22, 23-25, 25-23, 25-17) in the evening finale.

Against Northland, Molly Schroeder (Sr., Buffalo, Minn.) opened the match with a kill, setting the tone for her play. She would go on to have a match-high 12 kills against the LumberJills.

The LumberJills tied the set at 17-17, but a Northland error and a trio of kills from Shannon Schmidt (Jr., Bismark, N.D.), Schroeder, and Sam Greeney-Hamlin (Fy., St. Cloud, Minn.) put the Pipers up, 21-17. They would hold that lead for the rest of the set.

After falling behind 3-0 to open the second set, Hamline won six out of the next seven points to go up 6-4. Schroeder had a pair of service aces in that stretch. The LumberJills could never close the gap.

Northland took the third set after jumping out to an early 4-0 lead. Hamline, down 10-6, put together a run to take a 15-11 lead, but the LumberJills responded and put together the set victory.

The third set was an evenly matched affair until at 16-16, Hamline began to pull away. Greeney-Hamlin started the run with a kill, and Schroeder added another on the next point, as the Pipers never let Northland tied the set again.

Schroeder finished with the 12 kills while Greeney-Hamlin added 10. Heidi Larsen (Sr., Andover, Minn.) had 24 digs and Schroeder had 22.

In the second match of the evening, the Pipers started out quickly against their hosts, leading the opening set 4-0. The Yellowjackets edged back into the set, tying it at 10-10. The final tie of the set came at 21-21 before Superior won the next three points to pull away.

The Pipers' set win against the Yellowjackets came in the next set. Superior took a 2-0 lead, but Hamline went on a 12-1 run to go up 12-3. Although the Yellowjackets tied the set at 22-22 and 23-23, the momentum stayed with the Pipers and they won the set.

A similar pattern unfolded in the third set, however it went in favor of Superior. In the fourth set, the Pipers took a 4-1 lead, but Superior tied it at 5-5 and then 9-9, before taking the lead and running with it.

Schmidt had a team-high 11 kills in the second match and Schroeder had 10 kills and seven service aces. Larsen led with 18 digs.

The Pipers are now 3-4 overall with the non-conference split. They will play Finlandia at 10:00 a.m. at UW-Superior. They will play another match at noon, their opponent will be determined based on tournament results.