One of the great things about having a young team is when you see rapid improvement. The young Pipers showed that Friday, getting better by the moment in a tournament at North Park College near Chicago. Hamline recorded a 3-0 decision over Marian (Wis.) and duplicated with another 3-0 blanking of Aurora (Ill.) an hour or so later. The Pipers are now 4-3 overall and will play two more matches Saturday afternoon.
The tenor of the day was set early when the Pipers jumped on Marian, 25-18, in Game 1. They followed up with another 25-18 decision and finished it off with a 25-19 win. Sam Greeney-Hamlin (So., St. Cloud, Minn.), one of just returnees from the 2010 team, led the way with 11 kills and a .550 attacking percentage. Lacy Koss (Fy., Dodge Center, Minn.) had 17 digs and Sammie Miller (Fy., Grand island, Neb.) had 36 assists, the second best effort in school history.
The first game against Aurora was a bit tighter -- a 25-22 win. But the Pipers followed it with 25-19 and 25-16 decisions to wrap up the good day. Dani Schultz (Fy., Eden Prairie, Minn.) led the balanced assault with nine kills. Miller followed up with 25 assists. Koss had 21 digs. She was one of four Pipers with double digits in digs.
HU faces the host school and North Central (ill) Saturday