October 09, 2009

VIDEO: #10 Tommies defeat Pipers in three

For post-match reaction from head coach Lynette Bernardy and Simmons, click here. 

The Pipers fell by set scores of 25-13, 25-19, 25-15.

St. Thomas powered out to an early lead at 10-3 in the first set, and maintained the advantage in the opener.

The Tommies jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second set, but the Pipers battled back and tied it at 7-7. The score was tied again at 8-8, but Kyley Crotty (Sr., Maplewood, Minn.) recorded one of her ten kills to return the advantage on the scoreboard to St. Thomas.

Simmons tied the score at 11-11 in the second set, but a Hamline service error let St. Thomas have a lead that they would not give up in the second set.

The Pipers came out strong in the third set, jumping out to a 5-1 lead on a pair of kills from Simmons, one from Jackie Kelly (Jr., Blaine, Minn.) and a service ace from Heidi Larsen (Jr., Andover, Minn.).

The Tommies answered with four points in a row, including two kills from Katie Bonine (Jr., Cottage Grove, Minn.).

An exchange of service errors from each team tied the score at 6-6 before two more kills from Bonine gave St. Thomas an 8-6 lead. Bonine would have all six of her kills in the third set.

The Pipers weren't able to climb back into the set from there, dropping the final one 25-15.

Hamline's Simmons and St. Thomas' Crotty and Jill Osborne (Jr., Lakeville, Minn.) all had 10 kills apiece. Larsen led Hamline with 22 digs while Kaitlin Wachter (Fy., Eagan, Minn.) had 21 for St. Thomas.

St. Thomas extends their conference win streak to 36 straight matches and now has a 17-4, 6-0 MIAC record. The Pipers fall to 10-10, 0-4 MIAC. Hamline travels to Gustavus tomorrow, October 10, for a 1:00 p.m. match.