The Blazers are ranked #21 in the nation in the latest AVCA coaches poll.
The Pipers jumped out to a quick lead in their first home game of the season, taking a 4-0 advantage that included a pair of kills from Tasha Simmons (Sr., Eagan, Minn.). The Blazers responded, however, taking the next six consecutive points, including two off of service aces from Emma Jaynes (Sr., Hibbing, Minn.).
Saint Benedict controlled the pace of the opening set from there, taking the opening set 25-20. The Blazers took the first seven points of the second set en route to the 25-9 set win.
The third set saw the Blazers capture a slim lead early, but the Pipers tied it at 14-14 on a kill from Danielle Bennett-Curry (Fy., Minneapolis, Minn.). The score was tied again at 15-15 and 16-16, but that was a close as the Pipers could get in the set.
Saint Benedict was led by a spread-out attack as four players – Chelsie Sobieck (So., Wyoming, Minn.), Calleigh Brown (Jr., Buffalo, Minn.), Kayle Schumacher (Jr., East Grand Forks, Minn.) and Jaynes – tallied seven kills apiece. Jaynes also led with eight digs.
Simmons led the Pipers with 10 kills while Bennett-Curry had six.
With the loss, the Pipers fall to 5-4, 0-1 MIAC. Saint Benedict moves to 6-4, 1-0 MIAC.
The Pipers will travel to Saint Benedict this weekend to play in the Holiday Inn-vitational Tournament. They will play Crown at 1:00 p.m. and UM-Morris at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 18.
For post-game reaction from head coach Lynette Bernardy, click here.