For the second time in its last three matches the Missouri S&T volleyball team won the first two sets only to watch the opposition to win the next two to force a winner take-all fifth and in both cases S&T was able to win the finale to take the match.
The Miners defeated Missouri-St. Louis 3-2 (25-18, 25-14, 21-25, 25-27, 15-13) Saturday at the Bullman Building.
On Friday at home the Miners swept past Maryville.
S&T (10-8, 6-3 GLVC) finished the match with 72 kills and had four players reach double figures led by Hayley Wright with 15. Holly Tarvin and Krista Haslag had 13 apiece while Claire Luther finished with 12. Gracey Moon and Shelby Wagner narrowly missed double digits with nine and 8 kills respectively. Allie Plunk was one of three players to finish the match with a double-double dishing out 38 assists while recording 11 digs. Wright added 10 digs while Tarvin finished with 11. Cydney Denning dug up 15 balls to lead the Miners.
The Miners finished the match with an attack percentage of .277 (72k/23e/177ta) and had 15 total team blocks. The one downside was S&T committed 13 service errors in the contest.
The Tritons (10-8, 5-4 GLVC) recorded 56 kills in the match and had an attack percentage of .148 (56k/32e/162ta).
S&T trailed 8-4 in the final set before scoring four of the next five points to get within 9-8. UMSL extended its lead to 11-9, but the Miners came roaring back getting a kill from Moon and an attack error by Hannah Miller evened it at 11.
S&T gave the point right back though as Jackie Zellmer hit a serve into the net to make it 12-11. Haslag came right back with another kill to even things up again, but another service error gave the Tritons a 13-12 advantage.
In a match of runs the Miners had the final one scoring the last three points. Tarvin tied it with a kill, and then Haslag put S&T in front with a kill. Haslag and Plunk then combined for a block on Brightwell to end the match.
The Miners, winners of three straight, travels to Kirksville next Friday night to take on 17th ranked Truman State at 7 p.m.
It wasn't pretty at times, but the Miners were able to sweep past Maryville 3-0 (25-23, 26-24, 25-19) on Friday night at the Bullman Multi-Purpose Building. The match featured 19 ties and 10 lead changes.
S&T got off to good start to begin the match scoring the first three points and led for the most of the first half. The Miners held a 12-8 advantage after a double block by Krista Haslag and Alison Mueller forcing the Saints (6-13, 1-7 GLVC) to call a timeout. After the timeout Maryville scored six straight to take its first lead of the set at 14-12.
Page 2 of 2 - S&T scored four of the next five points to regain the lead at 16-15 on a service ace by Caitlin Brocker. The lead would be short lived though as the Saints used a 5-2 run taking a 20-18 advantage on a kill by Grace Balcerak. The Miners responded with three straight to take a one point cushion, but once again Maryville charged back with three straight of its own to move in front 23-21 and force S&T to take a timeout. Out of the timeout a service error and then back-to-back attack errors gave the Miners set point. Jackie Zellmer ended the set with an ace to give S&T the 25-23 win.
The Saints came out of the gates fast to begin set two scoring eight of the first 10 points. The Miners began to chip away at the lead, but every time they'd get close Maryville would push the lead back to six. S&T trailed 17-11 before going on a 6-1 run to close within 18-17 on a kill by Hayley Wright. Demi Maniaci put the Saints back in front by a pair with a kill, but the Miners scored the next three to take their first lead since early in the set at 20-19. The game went back-and-forth from there as the two sides traded points. Maryville broke a 22-all tie with a double block from Balcerak and Laura Welling. S&T countered with two straight points on a kill by Mueller and then Gracey Moon blocked Welling to give the Miners set point. Balcerak tied it back up with a kill on the next swing, but another error by Welling and a kill by Claire Luther gave the set to S&T.
In the third set the Miners got out to an early lead and wouldn't look back as they led by as many as 10 in the stanza. S&T led 23-14 and appeared to be cruising towards the finish, but the Saints had something to say about that scoring five straight to cut the margin to four and forced the Miners to take a timeout. Out of the break Shelby Wagner recorded a kill to set up match point and Haslag finished it with her match-high 10th kill.
As a team S&T finished with an attack percentage of .172 (37k/15e/128ta) and had nine total blocks. Haslag led all players in kills. Moon and Luther contributed seven kills apiece to the attack while Mueller and Wright had six each. Allie Plunk dished out 24 assists and Cydney Denning had 19 digs. Maryville had an attack percentage of .097 (39k/25e/144ta) for the match and was led by Maniaci with nine kills while Mikaela Lahm had eight. Julia Greaves added six kills off the bench. Hannah Seitter distributed 15 assists and Ali Lampen had a match best 28 digs.