September 10, 2011

Pipers vollerballers split pair of long matches

Four volleyball matches in 24 hours is a tall order. It is even taller when the last two go all five rounds. Such was the case Saturday as Hamline split a pair of marathon matches at the North Park (Ill.) Invitational. HU lost to the host school, 3-2 and then rebounded for a 3-2 win over North Central. HU went 3-1 on the weekend and now stand 5-4 overall going into the conference opener Sept. 13 at Concordia.

Sam Greeney-Hamlin (So., St. Cloud, Minn.) had 16 kills and Frankie Miller (Fy., Grand Island, Neb.) contributed 11 in the opener against the Vikings. HU dropped the first two games, 27-29 and 16-25 before rallying for 25-21 and 25-10 wins. The Vikings claimed the finale, 7-15, to win the match. Sammie Miller (Fy., Grand Island, Neb.)  had a season high 42 assists. Brittany Bredemus (Fy. Andover, Minn.) had 19 digs. Greeney-Hamlin had five of the team's nine solo blocks.

The nightcap was just as rugged. HU took a taut opener by 25-23 but lost Game 2 by 21-25. They also lost Game 3, 17-25, before winning two tight ones, 25-23 and a lengthy 21-19 decision in game 5. Greeney-Hamline, who leads the team overall with 101 kills, had 19 more while Dani Schultz (Fy., Eden Prairie, Minn.) delivered 11. Sammie Miller was helpful again with 37 assists and Bredemus outdid her first game effort with 26 digs.