St. Peter, Minn. – The Gustavus Adolphus volleyball team is set to host the Pipers of Hamline University on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7:00 p.m. on Gus Young Court. The Gusties enter the contest at 6-8 overall and 1-1 in the MIAC after most recently suffering a 3-0 loss to St. Thomas on Saturday night in St. Paul. Hamline picked up a 3-0 win at home over St. Olaf in its last outing on Saturday and will enter Wednesday’s match at 8-6 overall and 1-1 in the MIAC.
Last Time Out – In the squad’s last time out on Saturday night, the Gustie volleyball team suffered a 3-0 sweep at the hands of St. Thomas at Schoenecker Arena in St. Paul. The Tommies earned the victory and improved to 2-0 in league play through set wins of 25-14, 25-21, and 25-23. Gustavus posted a team attack percentage of .098, as Alyssa Taylor (Jr., Trimont, Minn.) and Kelle Nett (So., Spring Valley, Ill.) led the offense with seven kills each. The Tommie attack was relentless throughout the night, registering a total of 47 kills compared to Gustavus 25 and hitting at a .282 percent rate. Paige Breneman (Jr., Sherburn, Minn.) and Kendra Weege (Jr., Watertown, Minn.) paced the defensive effort with seven digs each, while Taylor Meurer (Jr., Nicollet, Minn.) did the setting and finished with 23 assists.
The Series – Wednesday’s match will be the 61st meeting between Gustavus and Hamline on the volleyball court. The Gusties hold the advantage in the all-time series with a record of 50-8-2. In last year’s matchup between the two teams in St. Paul, Gustavus was able to come away with a five-set victory after what was a back-and-forth battle. Hamline won sets one (25-23) and three (25-21), while Gustavus won sets two (25-20) and four (25-22) to send the match into a decisive fifth frame. The Gusties prevailed in the end, taking the fifth 15-13 to earn their second conference win of the season.
Scouting Hamline – Hamline enters Wednesday’s night’s contest after a 1-1 start to its MIAC season. The Pipers fell 3-1 to Concordia last Tuesday, then defeated St. Olaf 3-0 on Saturday.
So far this season, Hamline is averaging 11.30 kills per set (9th/MIAC) and has an attack percentage of .196 (8th/MIAC). Leading Hamline’s offense has been the duo of Sam Greeney-Hamlin and Stephanie Kaup. Greeney-Hamlin has registered 139 kills and averages 2.90 kills per set, while Kaup has 109 kills and is averaging 2.48 kps. Of Kaup’s 109 kills, 23 of them came against league foes last week, ranking her fourth within the MIAC in total kills.
Leading the Piper back row has been Lynsey Reimer who has 224 digs (4.67 dps) to go along with 12 aces. Behind Reimer sits Jamie Rubbelke with 132 digs (3.14 dps) and Miquel Green with 105 digs (2.50 dps).
Molly Hurrle has done the majority of the setting thus far with 267 assists for an average of 10.27 assists per set. Her 81 assists through the first two MIAC matches of the season currently leads the league.