October 26, 2009

VIDEO: Pipers sting Yellowjackets for fourth straight win

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

Hamline won by set scores of 15-18, 23-25, 25-21, 25-20. 

The Pipers jumped out to early leads in three out of the four sets of the match on their home court. In the opening set, Simmons recorded nine kills as the Pipers gained a three-point lead at 7-4 and never looked back.

 The second set saw a lot more parity, as the teams tied the score 11 times in the first 26 points. At 13-13, a kill from Anita Rojas (Sr., Valle del Cauca, Colombia) gave Hamline a 14-13 lead.

Hamline would lead until the Yellowjackets tied the set at 20-20 on a kill from Chelsie Christofferson (Sr., Buffalo Point, MB). Christofferson also broke a 21-21 tie with a kill, and UW-Superior held on to win the set.

In the third and fourth sets, the Pipers jumped out to 6-0 and 8-0 leads, respectively. Molly Schroeder (Jr., Buffalo, Minn.) served to start the third set and on an ace, a pair of kills from Lauren Fisher (Fy., Tacoma, Wash.) and a trio of Yellowjacket errors, built up the 6-0 advantage.

Superior attempted to rebound, taking the next three points, but Simmons ended that streak with a kill. However, after trailing 10-6, the Yellowjackets would come back to tie the set at 10-10. Their four straight points came on two kills from Christofferson and a pair from Rachel Langer (So., Ellsworth, Wis.).

The score tied at every chance until Jackie Kelly (Jr., Blaine, Minn.) and Fisher strung together a pair of kills for a 16-14 lead that Hamline would hold on to.

The fourth set followed much the same form, as Heidi Larsen's (Jr., Andover, Minn.) opening serve gave Hamline an 8-0 cushion. She had a pair of aces in that string of points.

Superior put together their own streak while down 10-3 and battled back to a one-point deficit at 11-10. Rojas once again helped the Pipers pull out to a lead they would protect with a kill.

In addition to Simmons' 24 kills, Danielle Bennett-Curry (Fy., Minneapolis, Minn.) had 15 kills and Rojas added 12. Five Pipers recorded double-digit kills in Simmons with 13, Heidi Larsen (Jr., Andover, Minn.) with 23, Schroeder with 10, Kelly's 14, and 17 from Anna Murie (Jr., Grand Forks, N.D.). Kelly had 54 assists.

UW-Superior was led by 18 kills from Christofferson and 10 from Langer. Four Yellowjackets recorded double-digit digs with 17 from Beka Morton (So., Rhinelander, Wis.), 14 from Samantha Blake (Sr., Blaine, Minn.), 13 from Audra Stevenson (Sr., Spring Lake Park, Minn.), and 10 from Alison Lothenback (Fy., Duluth, Minn.).

With the non-conference win the Pipers improve to 14-12 overall and remain at 2-7 in the MIAC. The Yellowjackets are now 10-18 overall and stay at 1-7 in the WIAC.

Hamline will hit the road to take on Concordia on Wednesday, October 28, at 7:00 p.m. They will play their final match of the season at home on Saturday, October 31, at 3:00 p.m. against Bethel.