Storm drop opener in Lincoln

Hannah Lester
Hannah Lester

LINCOLN, Neb. — Hannah Lester and Cassie Hoefling combined for 22 kills but the Simpson volleyball team dropped a four-set match to Willamette in the first match of the Prairie Wolf Invitational on Friday.

Lester and Hoefling had 11 kills apiece to lead the Storm (2-3). Lester added a team-high four blocks and Alyssa Mathews handed out 43 assists.

Simpson won set two 25-17 to knot the match at one set apiece before the Bearcats (2-3) won the final two sets to take the match.

Set Scores
25-21, 17-25, 25-21, 25-18

Stat Leaders
Hannah Lester — 11 kills, .148 pct, 4 blocks
Cassie Hoefling — 11 kills, .150 pct
Katrina Hartman — 9 kills, .353 pct
Alyssa Mathews — 43 assists
Morgan Taylor — 3 kills, 5 aces, 8 digs

Key Moments
• The Storm battled all the way back from a five-point deficit to tie the opening set 17-all on an ace by Taylor. She couldn't keep the next serve in bounds, though, and Willamette took the lead for good on the way to the 25-21 win.
• Simpson pulled away in the second set with a 7-2 run capped off by an ace from Taylor. Taylor started the rally with a kill to give Simpson a 10-9 lead.
• The Storm built an early 8-5 lead on a kill by Hartman in set three before Willamette went on a 5-0 run and never looked back.
• Simpson trailed just 10-9 in the deciding fourth set before the Bearcats went on a 7-1 run, taking a 17-10 lead on a block assist. The Storm couldn't recover.

Up Next
Simpson closes the weekend with matches against Westminster (Mo.) and host Nebraska Wesleyan on Saturday. Westminster (2-5) lost to Wis.-Platteville and Nebraska Wesleyan in four sets on Friday while the Prairie Wolves (4-2) split, losing to Platteville in four. The Westminster match begins at 10 a.m. with the Wesleyan match to follow at about Noon.

Games can be viewed online at NWUSports.com.

Storm drop opener in Lincoln
September 8, 2017 Storm drop opener in Lincoln