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ISSUE 120 VOL 2 PUBLISHED 9/29/2006

Women find positives, look forward

By Jean Mullins
News Editor

Friday, September 29, 2006

St. Olaf's brief success in the first two games of its regular season ended with a loss to Hamline 3-1 last Wednesday, followed by a loss to St. Thomas 3-0 Friday and a loss to Bethel 3-2 on Saturday.

“We had a tough week,” said head coach Cindy Book. “We did not play as well as we can.”

Against Hamline at home, team captain Andrea Otteman '07 had 20 kills and team captain Andrea Volstad '07 had 49 assists in the match. Alyssa Williams '10 and Janet Sully '10 had 14 digs each. Hamline beat the Oles last fall, breaking its losing streak against St. Olaf that had lasted since 1992.

The Oles struggled in their Friday game against St. Thomas in St. Paul. Otteman had only nine kills and Volstad had only 32 assists in their effort. Sully had 17 digs.

“St. Thomas is a very good team,” Book said.

The closest match came Saturday against Bethel, where St. Olaf lost 16-14 in the deciding fifth match to lose 3-2. Otteman had 18 kills and Christine Brook '09 had 16 kills. Volstad had 58 assists and Sully had 26 digs to round out the effort by the Oles.

“The match against Bethel could have gone either way,” Book said.

The team plans to continue to fight against the competition in the division. “It was a tough week losing three in a row,” Volstad said. “But I'm still optimistic about our upcoming matches.”

Otteman said it was a learning experience for the team.

“Unfortunately we ended up with three losses,” Otteman said, “but in the process we learned a lot about ourselves and the team.”

The Oles (5-8, 1-3 MIAC) hope to regain confidence and composure as they go on a three-game road stint, beginning Oct. 4 at Gustavus, traveling to Cedar Rapids, Iowa for a tournament and returning to MIAC play Oct. 11 at St. Catherine.

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