October 21, 2009

VIDEO: Pipers capture MIAC victory over Scots

For post-match reaction from Anna Murie (Jr., Grand Forks, N.D.) and head coach Lynette Bernardy, click here. 

Hamline won the match by set scores of 25-12, 25-18, 25-15.

The Pipers jumped out to a quick 7-1 lead in the opening set, forcing Macalester to call an early timeout to regroup. The Scots closed their deficit to three at 8-5, but the Pipers pulled out a large advantage again - getting a double-digit lead at 21-11.

Hamline maintained that lead to win the first set, 25-12, as Simmons tallied five kills in the opening frame.

To start the second set, the teams played to a 4-4 draw before the Scots pulled ahead 6-4 on a Piper attacking error and a kill from Taylor Tinkham (So., St. Louis Park, Minn.).

Heather Bly (Fy., Amery, Wis.) recorded a kill and Anna Murie (Jr., Grand Forks, N.D.) a service ace to start a five-point Hamline run for a 9-6 lead. 

 The hosts carried that momentum to a 15-12 lead that the Scots evened by taking advantage of a trio of errors. Tinkham gave the Scots a 16-15 lead that Lauren Fisher (Fy., Tacoma, Wash.) and Bly erased with a pair of kills. 

Macalester errors and a tip for a kill from Jackie Kelly (Jr., Blaine, Minn.) put the Pipers back up, 21-17. They allowed the Scots just one more point as they took a 2-0 lead in sets with a 25-17 win.

 Hamline opened the third set with a 4-0 lead on kills from Fisher, Simmons, and Kelly surrounding a Macalester error. The Pipers never let the Scots back in the match, taking the final set by ten points, 25-15.

Bennett-Curry tallied four kills in each of the final two sets to post 11 kills in the match. Simmons finished with a match-high 13 kills.

Heidi Larsen (Jr., Andover, Minn.) recorded 13 digs while Kelly and Simmons each had nine. Kelly had 36 assists in the match.

Macalester was led by six kills from Erin Cusac (Sr., Pine River, Minn.). Tinkham finished with five kills. 

With the conference win, the Pipers move to 12-12, 1-7 MIAC and the Scots fall to 6-14, 0-8 MIAC. Hamline remains at home for their third straight match at Hutton Arena on Friday, October 23. They will take on Carleton College at 7:00 p.m.