The Missouri S&T volleyball team had its two-match winning streak snapped by the fourth-ranked Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs 3-0 (18-25, 20-25, 12-25) on Saturday evening at the West Florida Classic.
S&T finished 2-2 in the event, held on Friday and Saturday.
S&T fell behind by five early, but rallied to within a point in the opening set. The Bulldogs (4-0) answered back scoring six of the next eight points to push the lead back to five. The Miners wouldn't get closer than four points the rest of the set. S&T had a hard time stopping the trio of Katie Ledwell, Kate Lange and Sydnie Mauch as they combined for 11 of the team's 13 kills in the opening frame.
The Miners had a difficult getting their own offense going hitting just 10.0 percent in the stanza.
The second set was the tightest of the match featuring 10 ties and seven lead changes. S&T held a 19-17 lead, but after a Duluth timeout the Bulldogs scored eight of the final nine points to take the set 25-20. Lange had a pair of kills in the run to go along with one for Ledwell. The Miners held UMD to a hitting percentage of 17.1 percent, but were held to 8.6 percent themselves.
The third set was all Bulldogs as they scored the first eight points of the set and led by as many as 14 points. Duluth hit 44 percent in the final frame and had 15 kills. Monica Turner led the way with four while Ledwell and Mauch had three apiece. Alison Mueller and Shelby Wagner had two kills apiece in the final set for S&T.
As a result of her strong play over the weekend Haslag was named to the all-tournament team. She averaged 2.88 kills per set and hit 34 percent for the weekend. She also had a service ace and averaged 1.12 blocks per set.
Vs. Northern Michigan
The Missouri S&T Miners rallied from a 2-1 deficit and were down by as many as nine points in the fourth set, but rallied to defeat Northern Michigan 3-2 (25-15, 18-25, 18-25, 25-23, 15-9) in a thrilling five set match at West Florida on Saturday. With the win the Miners picked up their third straight win against the Wildcats.
S&T got off to a great start on both sides of the ball to begin the match. They recorded 11 kills against just four errors to hit 22 percent in the opening set while forcing NMU (2-1) to hit into 10 errors against just eight kills. The Miners recorded six total blocks in the set and were led by Hayley Wright's five kills and five digs.
Page 2 of 4 - S&T led throughout building a seven point lead early, but the Wildcats got to within 14-13. After that the Miners put the set away with an 11-2 run. Wright had two kills and an ace in the run.
There were a few early ties in the second set before Northern Michigan took control with a 6-1 surge to build a 9-4 edge.
The third set was tight up until the midway point when the Wildcats began to break away thanks to a 10-1 run. S&T would battle back to within six points, but couldn't get any closer as NMU would go onto win 25-18 and take the 2-1 lead.
The Wildcats dominated the early portions of set four building that nine-point cushion and appeared to be cruising towards victory.
The fifth and deciding set saw the Miners score 8 of the first 12 points, but the Wildcats stayed within striking distance. S&T closed out the match strong scoring six of the last eight points. Haslag sparked the run with a kill and block then Plunk dropped in a pair of kills to make it 13-8. A kill from Gracey Moon set up match point and then Wright and Moon blocked Sarah Hamilton at the net for the win.
The Missouri S&T Miners got a career day from Hayley Wright in its 3-1 (24-26, 25-16, 25-17, 25-9) win over Arkansas-Monticello to earn its first win of the 2013 season on Friday. Wright finished with a match-high 14 kills and a career-high six service aces to pace S&T. Haslag added 13 kills while Gracey Moon contributed nine kills to the attack.
The Miners allowed the Cotton Blossoms to hit 21.2 percent in the opening set, but after that the defense tightened up holding UAM to a negative 10 percent over the last three sets. S&T on the other hand hit only 10.3 percent in the opening frame, but grew stronger as the match wore on to finish at nearly 19 percent.
The opening set was a back-and-forth affair with 10 ties and four lead changes. The Blossoms held the lead for the majority of the set, but couldn't shake the Miners. UAM held a 24-22, but saw S&T rally to tie the frame before winning it with back-to-back points. Wright and Moon combined for 10 of the team's 15 kills in the stanza.
The Blossoms led 7-5 in the second set, before the Miners used a 10-2 run to take the lead for good. S&T took advantage of five errors during the run. Monticello wouldn't get closer than four points the rest of the set as the Miners led by as many as nine. Haslag and Alison Mueller each had three kills to lead the Miners.
Page 3 of 4 - The third set was tied 16-all when Wright pounded home a kill sparking an 8-0 run allowing S&T to cruise to a 25-17 win and take a 2-1 lead. Haslag had five kills in the set while Wright added four more. As a team the Miners hit 23 percent in the third frame.
The fourth set was all S&T as it raced out to a 6-0 lead. The Blossoms closed to within two, but the Miners dominated the remainder of the set outscoring UAM 19-4 the rest of the way. Wright had four kills and a pair of aces to lead the charge while Haslag added three more. Defensively S&T held the Blossoms to just one kill in 22 chances while forcing them to commit eight errors.
Allie Plunk finished the match with 31 assists while Cydney Denning dug up 19 balls off the floor.
Vs. No. 19 West Florida
The Missouri S&T volleyball team opened its season on Friday dropping a hard fought battle 3-1 (14-25, 25-22, 23-25, 20-25) at 19th ranked West Florida. The match featured 18 ties and seven lead changes.
The Miners dug themselves an early hole in the opening set trailing by seven. They were able to cut the lead to three, but the Argonauts scored six of the next seven points to take a commanding lead on its way to the set win. S&T had nine kills in the opening frame but committed seven errors while UWF (1-0) recorded 10 kills against only two errors. Hayley Wright and Holly
Tarvin combined for five kills in the set.
The Miners trailed by three early in the second set before going on an 8-2 run to take the lead. S&T took advantage of six Argonaut errors in the run. West Florida rallied to tie the set at 14-14, but the Miners retook the lead on a kill from Tarvin which sparked a 6-1 surge. The Argonauts responded with a run of their own to retake the lead at 21-20 on a service. S&T wouldn't yield though scoring five of the last six points to win the set and even the match at 1-1.
The Miners hit 19 percent in the second set recording eight kills in 26 chances. Haslag had three kills while Aliie Plunk added two more.
S&T got off to a fast start in the third set building an eight-point lead. West Florida would rally eventually tying it up at 18-all on a kill by Jenny Bellairs.
In the fourth set it was UWF racing out to the early advantage scoring eight of the first nine points.
S&T finished the match hitting 15.6 percent recording 45 kills in 141 chances. Haslag finished with a match-high 17 kills while Wright added eight more. Plunk dished out 33 assists while Emily Jaeger led the way with 12 digs. Plunk and Caitlin Brocker added 11 digs apiece.
Page 4 of 4 - S&T returns to action next Friday when it travels to Florence, Ala., to take on Christian Brothers University beginning at 2 p.m. The Miners will also take on Rollins College that evening at 8 p.m., and then play two more on Saturday against North Alabama and Harding University.