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ISSUE 119 VOL 5 PUBLISHED 10/14/2005

Volleyball breaks even at tournament

By Marjorie Thirlby
Sports Editor

Friday, October 14, 2005

Last weekend, the St. Olaf women’s volleyball team headed to St. Peter, Minn., to participate in the two day Boarder Battle tournament on Friday and Saturday.

St. Olaf finished 2-2 in the tournament, competing against Loras College, the Univeristy of Dubuque, Luther College and Simpson College.

Starting outside hitter Andrea Otteman ‘07 recorded her 999th career kill in the Oles’ final game against Simpson College on Saturday.

In St. Olaf’s first match on Friday against Loras College, the Oles defeated the Duhawks of Dubuque, Iowa, 3-2. Otteman and Danica Finseth ‘06 provided stellar offensive performances, earning 21 and 20 kills, respectively. Setter Audrey Volstad ‘07 offered 64 set assists, nine kills and nine digs.

Following the early Friday win, the Oles lost to the Univeristy of Dubuque, 3-2, despite Otteman’s 20 kills and 20 digs.

Saturday, the Oles first faced Luther College, starting the day off with a win against the Norse 3-2.

Christine Brook ‘09 had a team-high of 17 kills, followed by Otteman with 14., Jessica Levin ‘09 with 13 and Finseth with 12.

Unfortunately, as they did on Friday, the Oles lost their second game of the day Saturday. Simpson College topped St. Olaf 3-2 in yet another close game. The Oles were led by Otteman and Finseth, who had 17 kills apiece.

After averaging 11.35 assists a game, Volstad was named to the All-Tournament Team.

“We had some trouble finishing off teams this weekend,” Otteman said about the weekend tournament. “We took all our matches to a fifth game but were only able to finish two of the four.”

Currently, the Oles’ conference record sits at 4-2, good enough for sixth place in the MIAC.

“We set high goals for outselves, and right now we want to get in the top six [in the MIAC] and make the conference tournament,” Jessica Levin ‘09 said.

The Oles will travel Moorhead, Minn., on Saturday to take on Concordia at 3 p.m.

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