The Comets committed 11 attack errors in the third set to help set Peru’s comeback attempt in motion. With the third set tied 24-24, Adreana Spohn stamped back to back kills to put the Tigers (3-5, 1-2 MIC) on the board.
Peru staved off a pair of match points in the fourth set, trailing 24-22 before a pair of Eastern attack errors sandwiched a pair of Spohn kills from the outside to send the match to a fifth set.
“The idea that we even fought back was very good,” Peru coach Bob Cruikshank said. “We started to understand what Eastern was doing. We started serving better, which in turn made them come out of system more. That brought us back. We cleaned up our mistakes. Eastern was excellent with their cover — they chased every ball down. They outhustled us, but I’m still happy with the fact we came back [after going down 0-2]. I don’t like the last one, because we just laid down.”
Up 6-4 in the fifth set, a dump kill to the back corner from Hochstedler ignited 5-0 rally for Eastern before a block kill from Williams and kill from the outside by Duke helped the Comets rebound for the victory.
Duke and Lizzy Mavrick led Eastern with 12 kills each, with Mavrick adding 23 digs. Williams added 10 kills and nine blocks. Hochstelder dished 37 assists, and libero Courtney Clark added a team-high 28 digs.
Spohn led Peru with 19 kills.