They chose a different tack but the result was pleasantly the same. Hamline's volleyball team roared from behind twice to stretch their tournament record to 15-1 on the season with a pair of wins Saturday in the Wis-LaCrosse tournament. the Pipers started the day by rallying from a 2-1 set deficit for a 3-2 win over the hometown team.
They capped the day by shaking off a first set loss to overcome Loras, 3-1. Hamline is now 17-9 overall on the season and guaranteed its first winning season since 2007 when they went 17-11 and advanced to the MIAC playoffs.
Sam Greeney-Hamlin (pictured at right) had an outstanding day, registering 33 kills in the two matches. Steph Kaup was close behind with 26 kills for the day.. Becka Mozes had a whopping 80 assists. Lynsey Reimer had 39 digs with Michelle Mattke added a credible 31.
The Pipers dropped a tight 24-26 game to UWL before rebounding with a 25-19 win. the team split the next two as well -- UWL taking the third set 21-25 and HU replying with a 25-20 win. The Pipers won their second five-set match in a row with a 15-11 triumph in the deciding set. Greeney-Hamlin's 18 kills in this match were a season high for Hamline. She has moved into the team lead in that department with 202. For her efforts on the weekend, the St. Cloud, Minn. junior was named to the all-tournament team.
Hamline got off to a bad start against Lorad, losing the lidlifter 18-25 but snapped back for solid 25-19, 25-14 and 25-21 wins to cap the weekend. Mozes' 42 assists were her second best effort of the season -- topped only by the 44 she had last Wednesday against Gustavus Adolphus.