Hamline News

September 11, 2010

Pipers sweep on day two in Superior

Hamline opened the day with a four-set victory over Finlandia, 21-25, 25-16, 27-25, 25-11.

Hamline bounced back from dropping the opening set by putting together a string of points while down 8-9 in the second. Two kills from Aisha Baker (So., Minnetonka, Minn.), one from Lauren Fisher (So., Tacoma, Wash.), and a service ace from Molly Schroeder (Sr., Buffalo, Minn.), ignited the run that gave them a 13-9 lead.

The Pipers controlled that set until the end, finished off by another Baker kill.

In the third set, Finlandia took an early 9-6 lead that grew to a 14-9 advantage. The Pipers then won seven straight points to make the score 16-14 in their favor. Schroeder had three kills in that streak.

The set was tied for the last time at 25-25 before a Finlandia error and a Fisher kill gave the Pipers a 2-1 advantage in sets.

In the fourth set, the Pipers controlled from the start as Sam Greeney-Hamlin (Fy., St. Cloud, Minn.) had a pair of kills. The closest the set sat was at a 4-4 tied early on, but after that the Pipers never looked back, ending the match with a service ace followed by three straight kills.

Greeney-Hamlin had a match-high 14 kills while Baker had 12. Fisher and Schroeder had 10 apiece. Heidi Larsen (Sr., Andover, Minn.) had 37 digs. Schroeder also tallied four aces while Sammy Redman (Fy., Rochester, Minn.) had three.

The second match of the day was a rematch of Friday night as the Pipers took on the host Yellowjackets. This time the Pipers turned the tides and took the 3-1 win (25-15, 19-25, 25-17, 30-28).

Hamline started to take control early in the opening set against UW-Superior and had a seven-point lead at 14-7 before ultimately winning the set by 10 points.

The Yellowjackets followed a similar pattern in the second set to win it by six, and the Pipers used that technique to take a 2-1 set lead after the third. In that set, a seven-point run late in the match made the difference for Hamline after the score was tied at 15-15.

In the fourth, and final, set, the scored was tied four times early on before Hamline powered to a 16-11 lead. The hosts pulled into striking range, however, forcing another tie score at 23-23.

They battled back and forth until a Yellowjacket error was followed up by a kill from Schroeder to end the match in the Pipers' favor.

Schroeder had a match-high 15 kills. Shannon Schmidt (Jr., Bismark, N.D.) and Greeney-Hamlin had 12 kills each. Larsen had five service aces and Fisher added four.

The Pipers are now 5-4 overall with the non-conference wins. They will open conference play on Wednesday, September 15, with a 7:00 p.m. match at Saint Benedict.