With Kate Stromberg and Anne Pietkiewicz each posting a double-double, the Moccasins rallied from a 2-0 deficit to top 25th-ranked Regis, 23-25, 15-25, 25-19, 25-12, 15-12, and gain a split of their two matches at the Premier Challenge in Denver Friday.
Stromberg, a freshman, notched her first career double-double with a 12-kill, 11-dig effort. Pietkiewicz collected 12 kills and 12 digs for her second double-double of the season and the 18th of her career. Erin Callahan added 10 kills, Lauren Huber had nine kills and hit .562 for the match and Elena Sorich picked up 15 digs from her libero position.
Down two sets to one, the Moccasins pulled even in the fourth set with a 10-0 run that took them from a 14-11 lead to a 24-11 margin. In the deciding fifth set, the score was tied nine times and neither team led by more than two points until the Moccasins broke a 12-12 tie and scored the final three points. A kill by Huber gave the Moccasins the lead. Katie Wilkerson served an ace to increase the margin to two points, then Huber and Kendall Wilde blocked the Rangers' Jessica Wojcik for the final point to cap the Mocs' comeback effort.
Now 4-2 on the season, the Moccasins will play two more matches Saturday. Their first opponent Saturday, to be determined at the conclusion of Friday's pool play, will be either 16th-ranked Seattle Pacific, Nebraska-Omaha or California Baptist. Saturday's first match will be at 11:30 a.m. (ET), with the second match to be at either 4:30 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. (ET).
Fans can follow the Moccasins in Denver at this link: www.gometrostate.com/2011premier.