It ended up 3-0 for Carleton. But a hit or two the other way and it could have easily gone 3-0 in the other direction. The Piper volleyball team went to 13-4 overall (0-4 in the MIAC) in a match that saw three sets that looked like mirrors of each other.
In all three sets, the Knights used a quick burst of points to to break away from a tight score to earn the verdict on Faculty/Staff Night at Hutton Arena.
The first set was tight early. With the score tied 8-8, Carleton scored six unanswered points and never looked back, finishing on top, 25-17. The second set started out in similar fashion. This time, it was tied at 12 when the Knights went on a 7-2 run for a 19-14 edge. The Pipers fought back, cutting the lead to 23-20, forcing Carleton to use a timeout. The visitors then took the final two points.
Carleton grabbed an early lead in the third set but the Pipers whittled away until the lead was down to 12-11. Carleton then used another 7-2 run to take command won by another 25-17 margin. Steph Kaup had nine kills and hit a solid .500 to lead the HU offense. Katie Ayres (pictured at right) led the Pipers with16 assists and 11 digs, adding six kills for good measure. Jamie Rubbelke kicked in 10 digs.
Hamline returns to action Saturday at Bethel in a 3:00 p.m. match. A live stats feed of that match will be available by clicking here.