Miners fall to No. 17 Truman State on Friday.
Four times this season the Missouri S&T volleyball squad has played a five set match and has come out victorious all four times. The latest being on Saturday when the Miners held a 2-1 lead only to watch Quincy come back and force a fifth set.
S&T took the finale to win 3-2 (22-25, 25-21, 25-18, 9-25, 15-11) and improved to 11-9, 7-4 GLVC.
On Friday in Kirksville, Mo., the Lady Miners fell to the 17th-ranked team in the nation, Truman State, 3-0.
The opening set featured six ties and two lead changes and was a back and forth affair. The Miners held a pair of four point leads only to watch the Hawks 6-14, 2-9 GLVC storm back with a 10-2 run to take a 20-16 lead on a service ace by Emily Lindemulder. S&T worked its way back thanks to a 6-2 run of its own to tie it at 22-all on a double block by Gracey Moon and Holly Tarvin. Quincy would be the first to reach 25 taking advantage of two errors by the Miners to win the opening set.
S&T stormed out of the gates in the second set to take a 9-4 lead before the Hawks closed to within 11-9. The Miners stretched their lead back out to five and didn't look back on their way to evening the set with a 25-21 win. Krista Haslag hit .600 in the set while Hayley Wright hit. 429. As a team S&T finished the set with 17 kills and had an attack percentage of .368.
In the third set the Miners were never headed racing out to an early 6-2 lead.
Quincy came back to tie it at 15-all, but S&T pulled away with a 6-1 run to take the stanza by a 25-18 margin. Offense again was the story in the frame as the Miners hit .324 and nine of their 14 kills came from the duo of Moon and Wright.
The fourth set was all Hawks. It was tied at 4 before Quincy scored 13 straight taking advantage of eight S&T errors during the run to win 25-9.
The Hawks carried that momentum over from set four into the finale racing out to a 3-1 lead. The Miners settled down scoring four of the next five points to take a 5-4 lead. Quincy tied it on an error by Shelby Wagner, but an error by Lindemulder on the next swing gave the lead back to S&T.
The Miners scored the next three to push ahead 8-5 at the changeover, but the Hawks scored four of the next five points to level it at 9-9. A service error by Lindemulder gave S&T the lead back and it wouldn't relinquish it pushing the lead to 14-10 on a double block by Wagner and Moon. Wright ended the match with her match-high 15th kill.
Joining Wright in double figures were Haslag with 11 kills while Moon contributed 10 to the attack. Allie Plunk dished out 43 assists while Caitlin Brocker finished with 25 digs. The Miners finished with an attack percentage of .157 (53k/28e/159ta).
Carly Schmitt and Gianna Lincoln had 14 kills apiece to lead Quincy while Samantha Haegele dropped in 10. Courtney O'Brien had 26 assists while Sommer Holder had 22 digs. The Hawks finished the match hitting .170 (57k/29e/165ta).
The Lady Miners had its three-match winning streak snapped on Friday night, falling at No. 17 Truman State 3-0 (19-25, 17-25, 16-25). The Miners struggled to get their offense going finishing the match with 22 kills while committing 20 errors.
The opening set was the tightest of the match featuring eight ties and six lead changes. It was tied 9-9 before the Bulldogs (15-5, 9-1 GLVC) scored six straight to take a 15-9 advantage. S&T would get as close as three on multiple occasions but were unable to get any closer than that. Truman finished the set with 13 kills compared to six for the Miners.
S&T scored the first point in the second set before the Bulldogs took control by scoring eight of the next nine points to open a six point lead. The Miners wouldn't get closer than five the rest of the stanza. Truman had an attack percentage of .258 (12k/4e/31ta) while holding S&T to a .091 (9k/6e/33ta) hitting percentage.
The third set began like the opening one as the score was tied at 6-6 before the Bulldogs scored six straight to take control. They led by as many as 13 points in the set before settling on the final margin of nine points.
The Miners finished the match with an attack percentage of .020 (22k/20e/100ta) and were led by Hayley Wright with five kills. Shelby Wagner contributed four to the attack while Allie Plunk and Holly Tarvin had three kills each. Plunk distributed 12 assists while Caitlin Brocker had 14 digs.
Truman had an attack percentage of .190 (38k/18e/105ta) and was led by Ali Patterson and Allie Brak with 11 and 10 kills respectively. Meghan Zimmerman dished out 32 assists and Abby Moser had 16 digs.
S&T is back at home on Tuesday night hosting Lindenwood in a non-conference match beginning at 6 p.m.