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Another tough one

Another tough one

Box Score

September 25, 2012 - Tuesday night's GLIAC volleyball match between Hillsdale College and Northwood University was about as evenly played as a match can be for one that's decided in four sets. Unfortunately for the Chargers, they became the fifth victim in as many GLIAC matches on the season for the Timberwolves.

Hillsdale pulled out a set onie win 30-28, but lost three closely played sets by scores of 25-21, 25-23 and 25-22 to fall to 4-9 on the season and 3-2 in the GLIAC. Northwood is off to its best conference start in 12 years and is the only undefeated team in GLIAC play at 5-0.

Hillsdale did a lot of things right in this match: it had a higher hitting percentage than Northwood, .33-.262. Three players had 10 or more kills for the Chargers, and none of them had more than three attack errors. Hillsdale outblocked Northwood 10-4. But those heavy statistical advantages weren't enough against a Northwood team that relied on two big guns to carry it through the match.

Timberwolves teammates Zina Liubymova and Juliia Pakhomenko combined for 44 of the team's 72 kills, and had 101 of the team's 172 total attack attempts. Both are unusually high numbers for a duo, but they proved to be effective enough to overpower the Hillsdale defense.

Three players had 13 or more kills in a single match for the first time this season for Hillsdale. Junior Caitlin Kopmeyer led the team with 14 kills while having an exceptional match in serve receive passing against Northwood's heavy serves. Senior Lauren Grover and freshman Emily Wolfert each had 13 kills, with Grover turning in another outstanding match at the net with two solo blocks and seven block assists. Wolfert hit .423 from her outside hitter position, a number that any outside hitter would be proud of.

Freshman Jenalle Beaman got the start at libero for Hillsdale and led the team with a career-high 23 digs. Setters Sydney Lenhart and Alexis Waugh each had 22 assists for the Chargers.

Hillsdale heads to Canton, Ohio this weekend to face GLIAC newcomers Walsh and Malone.