Hamline split a pair of hard fought matches at the Wis-LaCrosse Invitational Tournament Friday night. The Pipers dropped a close 3-0 match to Luther and then rallied for a 3-2 win over Wis-Superior. Hamline stands 15-9 overall and will play two more times Saturday.
In the opener, the Pipers stayed even with Luther most of the time before bowing in straight sets. In the first set, HU rallied from an early deficit to take a 23-22 lead only to see the Norse get the final three points to win the set. Hamline dug themselves into a big hole in the second set with a 9-18 deficit and couldn't recover, losing 19-25. The third set saw the Pipers stage another rally, this time from 14-20, to tie the score at 23. Luther then took the final two points to win the third meeting of the season.
Michelle Mattke led the offense with eight kills while Lynsey Reimer had 20 digs and Vassi Prattas a season high 21 assists against the Norse.
The Pipers dug themselves out of a hole to win the second match of the night against the Yellowjackets. After a forgettable 15-25 loss in the first set, HU broke up a tight battle late with a 7-2 run for a 25-19 win in the second set. UWS reversed the same score in the third set. The Pipers forced a deciding battle by using a 6-0 run (Mattke won five straight on service) for a 25-19 win. In the decider, HU sprung from the game to a 5-0 lead, saw it cut to 10-8 and then sprinted to the finish for a 15-9 win.
Sam Greeney-Hamlin registered 15 kills and Steph Kaup added 14 for Hamline. Becka Mozes had a productive double (32 assists, 18 digs). Reimer checked in with 15 and Mattke 10 for HU, which will take on the host school and Loras on Saturday.