Rolla, Mo. – Missouri S&T's volleyball team dropped a five set match to Quincy 3-2 (25-22, 21-25, 25-20, 22-25, 10-15) on Tuesday evening at the Bullman Multi-Purpose Building. S&T (5-11, 1-6 GLVC) had a 2-1 lead but couldn't close out the match as the Hawks (3-13, 2-6 GLVC) came back for the victory.
The Miners had a hitting percentage of .275 in the opening stanza and were led by Emilee Schlader(Lewiston, Idaho/Lewiston) with four kills while Alexis White (Auburn, Wash./Riverside) and Ellen Schulz(Wildwood, Mo./Eureka) had three each. S&T led by as many as seven points in the set but allowed Quincy to cut the lead to 24-22 on a service from Taylor McMonagle. The Miners closed the set out on the next point as Schulz knocked down the kill.
The Hawks built a seven-point lead midway through the second set but S&T rallied cutting the deficit to 22-20 after a kill from Schlader. Back-to-back errors by the Miners gave Quincy set point. S&T was able to stave off the first one but not the second one as Jessica Licurgo knocked home her second kill of the set to square the match at 1-1.
The Miners used a 10-4 run in set three to build a six-point lead only to see the Hawks close the gap to two after a kill from Licurgo. S&T responded by scoring six of the next seven points to grab its largest lead of the set at 19-12 but Quincy refused to yield answering back with an 8-3 run to get within 22-20 on a kill from McMonagle. The Miners were able to close out the set though scoring the final three points getting kills from Payton Gannaway (Lawrence, Kan./Lawrence Free State) and Carson Talley (St. Louis, Mo./Affton).
The Hawks used a 6-1 run midway through set four to turn a one point deficit into a four point lead. They continued to hold a four point lead late in the frame when S&T began to make a charge and cut the deficit to two. That would be the closest they got though as Lucy Grenda and Bekah Raebel stuffed Gannaway at the net to win 25-22 and force the winner take-all fifth set.
Quincy scored four of the first five points to begin set five but the Miners rallied back thanks to a 7-4 run to even the set at 8-8 after an error by McMonagle. The Hawks regained the lead thanks to back-to-back kills from Grenda and Lauren Nadler but S&T tied it at right back at after a kill from Talley and an error on McMonagle. However, the Miners were never able to regain the lead as Quincy scored the final five points of the match to win 15-10.
S&T finished the contest with an attack percentage of .151 recording 57 kills against 28 errors in 192 chances. Carlie Combs (O'Fallon, Mo./St. Dominic) led the way with 12 kills while Schlader added 11 and Kyley Thompson (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) added nine. White dished out 27 assists and Corinne Stulce (St. Charles, Mo./Duchesne) had a match-high 24 digs.
The Hawks finished the match hitting .126 while also recording 57 kills but committed 33 errors in 190 swings. Raebel had a match-high 14 kills and was joined in double figures by Licurgo with 13 and McMonagle added 11. Miranda Rodriguez handed out 26 while Marissa Gonzalez had 20 digs.
S&T returns to the court on Friday traveling to Indianapolis to take on the Indianapolis Greyhounds in a match at 5 p.m. (CST).