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ISSUE 120 VOL 1 PUBLISHED 9/22/2006

Volleyball starts season strong

By Jean Mullins
News Editor

Friday, September 22, 2006

The St. Olaf Volleyball team is off to a strong start after rallying against Macalester in the season opener 3-2 Sept. 13 and soundly defeating Bethany Lutheran 3-0 Saturday. Team captain Andrea Otteman ’07 had 17 kills and 17 digs against Macalester and 17 kills against Bethany Lutheran. Team captain Audrey Volstad ’07 had 43 assists against Bethany Lutheran. Paige Olson ’10 also had 17 kills against Bethany Lutheran.

The Oles were down 5-1 for the winning game against Macalester when the team, led by scoring from Otteman, scored nine of the next 10 points to take back control of the game.

The team soundly defeated non-conference Bethany Lutheran on Saturday in three games.

“We’re gaining confidence and momentum,” Cindy Book, head coach, said.

The team competed in two pre-season tournaments: the Pikes Peak Challenge and the St. Olaf Invitational. St. Olaf was second overall in the Pikes Peak tourney, first defeating Colorado College 3-2 and later defeated 3-2 by the same squad.

“I think they underestimated us and we beat them,” Book said. The Oles left Colorado with two wins and two loses.

The team faced tough competition in the St. Olaf Invitational, including defending national champion University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The Oles lost to University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse 3-0, defeated Waldorf 3-2, lost to the University of Wisconsin River Falls 3-1, and lost to the University of Wisconsin Whitewater 3-0.

“That really helped prepare us for MIAC play,” Book said. “You play tough teams and you will get tough.”

First-year Janet Sully, was named MIAC Athlete of the Week Monday. Sully had five aces and 28 digs in matches against Macalester and Bethany Lutheran.

“We have a really competitive team with lots of talent,” Volstad said. “I’m really excited for this season because we have the potential to do great things this year.”

Otteman agreed. “I absolutely love this team,” she said. “We have so much promise and potential that I think it is going to be an amazing year.”

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