Nov. 19, 2010

Courtesy of Emporia State Athletics

The #17 Emporia State volleyball team got a triple double from Ting Liu as they defeated West Texas A&M in four sets in Warrensburg, Mo. Liu set the MIAA career assists record and recorded her first career triple double and Brianne Boner had a career high 22 kills and ten digs in the 22-25, 25-20, 25-21 and 26-24 win.

ESU trailed by as much as 6-1 early in the first set before clawing their way back into the match and actually took a 22-21 lead on a kill by Amanda Gerety. The Hornets would surrender three of the next four points to drop the first set by a score of 25-22.

In the second set ESU jumped out to a 6-2 lead and never trailed. The Hornets led by as much as 11-5. West Texas A&M cut the lead to 16-15, but that is as close as they would get as the Hornets got kills on three of the final four plays from three different players to take the 25-20 win. ESU ouhit the Lady Buffs .179-.140 to take the set.

In the third set the two teams played back and fourth until WTAMU went on 6-1 run to take a 14-10 advantage. Their lead would grow to as big as 17-12 before the Hornets went on a 4-1 run to cut the lead to two. With West Texas leading 19-16, ESU scored six straight points punctuated by back to back kills by Paige Vanderpool to go up 22-19. ESU scored eight of the last ten points in a set that saw ten ties and six lead changes to take the third set 25-21.

In the fourth set West Texas would lead 10-6 early before ESU cut the lead to 12-11 at one point. With the Lady Buffs leading 24-22, the Hornets scored three straight on a pair of Boner kills sandwiched around a kill from Liu to set up match point. After a WT timeout, Boner and Katelyn Schmidtberger blocked Haley Cearly for the match winner.

The Hornets had 11 blocks in the match and also finished with 108 digs in a defensive battle. Ting Liu had her first career triple double finishing with 11 kills, 41 assists and 14 digs to pace the Hornets. She also became the MIAA record holder in assists as she finished with 41 passing Kristen Bernthal of Truman with 6,085 assists in her career. Her 11 kills were a career high.

Brianne Boner hit .429 for the match with a career high 22 kills and also added three blocks. Boner added her first career double-double as she finished with a career high 10 digs. Katelyn Kaiser added seven blocks for the Hornets. Amanda Gerety in her first significant appearance of the season added a career high seven kills and added a career high five blocks. Meg Schwartz finished with a career high 32 digs in the match. Jordan Lockwood added eight kills and 14 digs while Paige Vanderpool had nine kills and added seven digs.

ESU played without MIAA Player of the Year Brittney Miller, who suffered a career ending ACL injury last Friday against Washburn.

The Hornets will face host Central Missouri on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at the UCM Multipurpose Building in Warrensburg, Mo.