After dropping the first set, Miners bounce back.
The Missouri S&T Miners dropped the first set against Lindenwood then won the next three to rally past the Lions 3-1 (23-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-20) in nonconference action on Tuesday night in Rolla.
The Lions (7-14) came in feeling confident after upsetting eighth ranked Nebraska-Kearney at home this past Saturday. That confidence showed as they rallied time after time to come back and win the opener 25-23. The Miners (12-9) led 23-20 and a chance to serve the set out, but a service error by Caitlin Brocker opened the door and allowed Lindenwood to score the last five points.
The second set was tight throughout featuring 13 ties and seven lead changes. It was tied at 14 when S&T began to pull away with an 8-3 run to grab its largest lead of the set at 22-17 on a service ace by Hayley Wright. The Lions countered with three straight to close the deficit to 22-20, but the Miners finished strong getting kills from Alison Mueller and Krista Haslag to win the set 25-20 and even the match at 1-1.
The third frame was almost a carbon copy of the second one with the two sides going back and forth. S&T held a 17-13 edge only to watch Lindenwood come back and even it at 17-all. The Miners countered with three straight to go back in front, but the Lions took advantage of three straight errors to even it back up at 20. Shelby Wagner gave S&T the lead back and then Wagner and Gracey Moon combined for a double block at the net to make it 22-20 and force a Lindenwood timeout. The Miners continued the run after the break getting an ace from Brocker and a kill from Moon setting up set point.
The Lions staved off the first one, but not the second one as Moon hammered one home giving S&T the 25-21 win.
The Miners raced out of the gates to begin the fourth stanza taking a 5-2 lead, but the Lions responded to tie it at 7-7. S&T then took control using an 11-4 run to bust it open. The Miners took advantage of seven Lindenwood errors in the run. The Lions eventually closed the gap to 23-20, but
S&T wouldn't allow them to get any closer as Wagner and Claire Luther recorded back-to-back kills to end the match.
The Miners finished the match with an attack percentage of .292 (59k/17e/144ta) and had three players in double figures led by Mueller and Wright with 11 kills apiece. Haslag contributed 10 to the attack while Luther finished with nine. Allie Plunk distributed 31 assists and Brocker finished with 14 digs.
Lindenwood had a hitting percentage of .187 (51k/25e/139ta) for the match and was led by Shannon Doyle with 14 kills. Kayla Guyot finished with 12 kills while Emma Brydels had 40 assists and Doyle had 12 digs.
S&T is back in action on Friday when it heads to Aurora, Ill., for the sixth annual GLVC/GLIAC Crossover. The Miners will play Saginaw Valley State beginning at 2:30 p.m.