Hamline News

Pipers battle but fall to #18 Cobbers in three

The Pipers lost by set scores of 25-23, 25-20, 25-20.

The evening was a special one for the Piper players as they hosted their annual faculty and staff appreciation night. During the break between the second and third sets, each player presented a selected guest with a gift as a token of their appreciation for their support on and off the court.

Hamline opened up the match by taking control of the first set after a 5-6 deficit. Shannon Schmidt (Jr., Bismark, N.D.) recorded a kill that tied the set and began a four-point run for an 8-6 lead.

The Pipers would go on to take a 16-13 lead before Concordia won seven of the next eight points to climb back into the set.

The two teams tied the score at each opportunity between 20-20 and 23-23. A Jenna Green (Jr., Dilworth, Minn.) kill and a Piper error gave the Cobbers the set in the end.

In the second set, the Cobbers took the early 4-1 lead, but Hamline battled back, tying the score at 13-13 on a pair of Cobber errors.

At the end of the set, Concordia led 24-18 and Sam Greeney-Hamlin (Fy., St. Cloud, Minn.) had a kill followed by a Cobber error to cut the score to 24-20. Ashley Beseman (Jr., Raymond, Minn.) had a kill on set point to put the Cobbers up 2-0.

In the final set, it was the Pipers who would take an early 3-0 lead as Molly Schroeder (Sr., Buffalo, Minn.), Anna Murie (Sr., Grand Forks, N.D.) and Greeney-Hamlin each had a kill.

The Cobbers evened the score with a trio of the own kills as Green had one and Beseman had a pair.

After the 3-3 tie, the scoreboard would be even 13 more times in the set, the last time at 18-18. Katie Vohnoutka (Jr., Eden Prairie, Minn.) then had four straight kills to put the visitors up 22-18.

Schroeder had a kill and Heidi Larsen (Sr., Andover, Minn.) dropped in a service ace, but the Pipers couldn't cut it closer than two as they dropped the final set, and the match.

Greeney-Hamlin led the Pipers with 11 kills while Larsen had 27 digs for the Piper defense. Sammy Redman (Fy., Rochester, Minn.) had 38 set assists in the match.

Concordia had a trio of players with double-digit kill totals, including Vohnoutka with 16, Beseman with 12, and Green with 10.

Hamline is now 9-14, 2-5 MIAC while the Cobbers are 19-4, 6-1 MIAC after the conference contest. The Pipers have a week off before playing on Wednesday, October 20, in a 7:00 p.m. match at Carleton.