October 26, 2013 - The Emporia State volleyball team continued their hot streak with a five set win at Northwest Missouri on Saturday night. The 30-28, 21-25, 25-21, 22-25, 15-13 win was the seventh straight for the Hornets, the longest active streak in the MIAA.
Emporia State twice fought off set points before claiming a victory in the opening set. The Hornets trailed 21-17 before forcing extra points with a 7-3 run. Courtney Haring and Carly Spicer combined on a block for the final points in the 30-28 win.
Northwest Missouri took the second set after withstanding a 5-0 run that turned an 10-6 deficit into an 11-10 lead for Emporia State. The teams battled back and forth until the Bearcats closed out the set with a 5-1 run to take the 25-21 victory.
After the break the Hornets jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the third set and never trailed afterwards on the way to a 25-21 win of their own.
There were eight ties and two lead changes in the fourth set, with neither team building more than a three point lead. Northwest ended up with a 25-22 lead to force the fifth and deciding set.
After trailing 7-5 to open the set, Emporia State went on a 5-0 run on Katie Deutshmann's serve to take a 10-7 lead. The Bearcats tied the score a 12 before the Hornets regained the lead on a Spicer kill. Northwest forced another tie at 13 when Deutschmann gave Emporia State match point with a kill. An attack error by NWMSU's Shelby Duren gave the Hornets a 15-13 win and propelled them to their season high seventh straight win and into fourth place in the MIAA standings.
Paige Vanderpool led the Hornets with 14 kills on .355 hitting with 11 digs. It was her fourth straight double-double and fifth in the last six matches. Haring had ten kills and nine blocks while Spicer had 13 kills and three blocks. Brianna Kaiser was the final Hornet in double figures in kills with 11 to go with 12 digs for her fourth double-double of the year.
The Hornets are back in action on October 30 when they travel to #11 Washburn. First serve of the second Turnpike Tussle of the season is set for 7 p.m. in Lee Arena.
The seven match winning streak is the longest for Emporia State since winning seven straight from Oct. 21-Nov. 5, 2011.
The Hornets are now 4-2 in five set matches this year after going 0-4 in five setters last season and 2-10 over the previous two years.