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ISSUE 118 VOL 6 PUBLISHED 10/22/2004

Volleyball secures split

By Anna Harrison
Staff Writer
and Julia Midthun
Staff Writer

Friday, October 22, 2004

The St. Olaf womens volleyball team played a full schedule last weekend, participating in two conference matches. The Oles split the two competitions, one a loss to St. Thomas on Friday and the other a victory over Hamline on Saturday. The Oles now sport a 3-8 conference record, good enough for eighth place in the MIAC standings.

Fridays match against St. Thomas proved difficult for the Oles.

The women were strong in the first game, keeping up with the Tommies through the first 10 points before pulling ahead by three. However, the Tommies eventually took the lead, and despite their best efforts, the Ole women could not withstand the onslaught. The Tommies won the game by a three-point margin, 30-27.

The St. Olaf women played well in game two, taking an early six-point lead. The Oles put pressure on St. Thomas through the first 13 points, but they couldnt hold on. By the middle of the match, St. Thomas had cut the Ole lead to 16-14. Like game one, the Tommies were not to be discouraged by early Ole leads. The score remained tied until the end of the game, when St. Thomas pulled ahead for a 30-28 victory.

Game three initially appeared to be a lost cause as St. Olaf quickly fell behind by a large margin. However, the Ole women refused to lose and rallied back. They tied the score at 13-13 and later at 24-24. The Oles maintained their rally momentum, scoring the final three points of the match for a 30-27 win.

The final game, like the first three, began as a back-and-forth struggle with numerous lead changes. Midway through the match, however, the Tommies pulled away while the Oles remained stranded at 15 points. St. Olaf rallied back late in the match, but their effort was too little too late, as St. Thomas scored the final five points, winning game four 30-25 to claim a 3-1 victory for the match.

Despite their hard-fought match the previous night, the Oles were not fatigued for their Saturday afternoon match-up with Hamline. The Oles won the match in three games 30-11, 30-25 and 30-28. Hamline is currently ranked 11th in the MIAC with a 0-8 conference record.

St. Olaf established themselves early in their match with the Pipers, winning game one in decisive fashion, 30-11.

Not easily outdone, Hamline fought back in the second match, challenging the Oles to maintain their game one intensity. The Oles responded well to the Hamline challenge, winning game two by five points. Hamline played still better in the third game, but St. Olaf was not to be bested, defeating Hamline in the final game of the match, 30-28.

In light of her outstanding play, middle hitter Rebecca Anderson 08, was honored as MIAC volleyball player of the week. With 16 kills against Bethel, 11 against St. Thomas, and 11 against Hamline, Anderson has established herself as a fearsome force for the volleyball team, even in her first year of collegiate competition.

The Oles are scheduled to conclude their season on Oct. 27 against conference-leading Carleton. The game will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Carletons West Gymnasium.

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