Hamline's volleyball team couldn't quite hang on to get that first MIAC victory. Becka Mozes had a season high 44 assists and Lynsey Reimer (pictured at right) had a season high 29 digs but the Pipers fell to a late Gustavus and dropped a 3-2 decision before the largest crowd of the season at Hutton Arena.
Hamline is now 14-8 overall and 0-7 in the MIAC. But they came oh so close to turning things the other way.
The night started well as Hamline jumped to a 5-1 lead in the first set and later took a six-point edge at 18-12. But the Gusties stormed back with six in a row to tie matters at 18. HU then went on a 5-0 run to make it 23-18 only to see GAC respond with four in a row. A Steph Kaup kill finally decided matters for Hamline with a 25-23 triumph. Mozes got a head start on her big night with 10 assist sin this set alone.
The second set changed directions. This time, GAC grabbed a 9-2 edge out of the chute and still looked in command at 17-10. But the Pipers fought back, closing the gap to pair at 20-18. But the Gusties pulled away at the end for a 25-20 decision.
GAC grabbed a 9-6 lead in the third set only to see Hamline go on a 6-1 run to take a lead they never lost en route to a 25-21 decision.The fourth set saw eight ties before Gustavus crept out to a 24-20 lead. The Pipers came back but the Gusties got the last word to escape with a 25-22 verdict that to force a decisive fifth set.
It was more of the same early as there were four ties, the last at 9-all. GAC appeared to be on their way with a 5-0 run that made it 14-9 but Katie Ayres served three straight winners to cut matters to 14-13 before GAC managed the last point to take the match.
Steph Kaup led the HU offense with 13 kills and Sam Greeney-Hamlin added a dozen. Hamline recorded 93 digs in all, their second highest total of the season. In addition to Reimer, Mozes and.Jamie Rubbelke had 14 and Michelle Mattke had 13.
The Pipers travel to LaCrosse, Wis. this weekend to play four matches.in a tournament.