The Hamline volleyball team faced a tall task Wednesday night at Hutton Arena. St. Thomas, with a dozen players 5-11 or taller, wore down the persistent Pipers and claimed a 3-0 decision.
But it didn't come easily.
The first set rocked back and forth. HU was within a point at 9-8 when UST went on a 9-1 run that broke matters open and finished at 25-15. In the second set, HU fell into an early hole at 9-3 but stormed back to trail by two at 11-9. Again, the Tommies were able to regain momentum for a 25-14 verdict.
The third set featured six tie scores and five lead changes. An aggressive HU attack has a night high of 12 kills in the set and led at one point by 14-10. UST scored seven straight points to go up 17-14 only to see HU respond with three Marisa Franco service aces and take a 19-17 lead. The Tommies, who have won eight matches in a row and stand 12-4 overall (4-0 MIAC) , fought back and recorded the last three points for a 25-21 win to claim the match.
Whitney Lloyd led UST with 14 kills. Abby Louwagie had 26 assists and 13 digs. Ellie Meyer had 14 digs.
Julia Zolnosky and Beth Goodman led the HU offense with eight kills each. Morgen Coleman had 19 assist and Amelia Jensen served up 20 digs, In addition to her service aces, Franco added 13 figs.
Hamlien is now 6-6 overall, 1-3 in the MIAC. They travel to Bethel Saturday, October 1. Game time is 6:00 p.m.