October 07, 2009

Pipers fall in three to Eagles

In the opening set of the match, the Pipers and Eagles kept the score within a one- or two-point margin, until Northwestern tallied five in a row at 10-9 for the 15-9 lead.

Hamline pulled back to within two at 18-16, but the Eagles took the next three points to regain control of the set.

The second set played out much the same way, with the Eagles stringing together four points at 16-15 to go up by five at 20-15. Hamline answered by winning the next three points, but Northwestern then took the final five points for the 25-18 set win.

 In the final set, Northwestern took a 20-15 lead. However, five straight points from the Pipers, including a pair of kills from Tasha Simmons (Sr., Eagan, Minn.), evened the score at 20-20.

Down 22-21, a kill by Danielle Bennett-Curry (Fy., Minneapolis, Minn.) evened the score once again. An Eagle attacking error and another kill from Simmons gave the Pipers a 24-22 lead.

The Eagles tied the set, but Hamline took leads again at 25-24 and 26-25. That advantage was the final the Pipers would hold, as the Eagles ticked off three straight kills to win the final set, and the match.

Simmons led the Pipers with 17 kills while Heidi Larsen (Jr., Andover, Minn.) had 14 digs. Molly Schroeder (Jr., Buffalo, Minn.) and Jackie Kelly (Jr., Blaine, Minn.) each had 12 digs.

With the non-conference loss, Hamline falls to 10-9, 0-4 MIAC. Northwestern is now 9-7, 3-0 UMAC. The Pipers return to Hutton Arena for homecoming to face St. Thomas on Friday, October 9, at 7:00 p.m.