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      Truman State volleyball falls to Emporia State in the MIAA tournament

      The 13th-ranked and MIAA tournament No. 4 seed Truman volleyball team never found a rhythm on Tuesday night, as 5th-seeded Emporia (Kan.) State handed the â??Dogs a 3-1 loss in Pershing Arena in the MIAA quarterfinals. Allie Brak had 18 kills on 64 swings, and Megan Sharpe tallied 13 kills on a .414 hitting line, but the Bulldogs (27-6) hit just .155 for the match â?? including a sub-.120 mark in three sets â?? as a team.

      Emporia (20-11), meanwhile, advances to the MIAA semifinals this weekend to face top-seeded Nebraska-Kearney after hitting .196 and out-blocking Truman 17-8 on the night. The squads traded lopsided first and second sets before the critical turning point came at the end of the third.

      Truman trailed 24-21 before rattling off four straight to take a 25-24 lead.

      From there, the teams traded points to 28-27 TSU, but Emporia had the final three points off a pair of kills sandwiching a double block to earn the 30-28 third set win. After Truman led 12-10 in the fourth, ESU put on an 8-2 run to lead 18-14 before the Bulldogs rebounded to cut the deficit to 21-19.

      However, the Hornets again went on a quick spurt, taking the final four points of the match for a 25-19 decision. Four Bulldogs finished with double-digit blocks, led by Abby Moserâ??s 21 and Brakâ??s 15.

      Emily Briseno hit .333 with six kills, and Taylor Mirka added four kills and a .600 hitting line off the bench in two sets. In addition, Sharpe became just the fourth member of Trumanâ??s 500-block club, recording six on the night. Paige Vanderpool led ESU with 13 kills and 23 digs, with Carly Spicer adding nine kills and eight blocks. The Bulldogs, ranked sixth in last weekâ??s NCAA Central regional poll, must now await the NCAA Selection Show this Sunday night to learn whether they earned an at-large bid to the 2012 NCAA Div. II tournament.

      Full details about the show will be posted this week at TrumanBulldogs.com.

      Courtesy Truman State University