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ISSUE 120 VOL 4 PUBLISHED 10/13/2006

Volleyball crosses border, battles to 2-2 finish at Coe

By Jean Mullins
News Editor

Friday, October 13, 2006

St. Olaf’s volleyball team traveled to Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa this past weekend for the Border Battle tournament.

The Oles left Iowa 2-2 and team captain Audrey Volstad ‘07 was named to the all-tournament team.

“We had a great trip to Iowa,” said head coach Cindy Book. “Everyone played well and fought hard.”

The Oles won their first match with Luther College Saturday 3-0. The Oles played tough offense with Jessica Levin ‘09 making 12 kills and team captain Andrea Otteman ‘07 making 11 kills. Volstad had 36 assists and Janet Sully ‘10 had 14 digs on defense.

The second matchup against Coe College was a loss in three games. Christine Brook ‘09 had 11 kills. Otteman had the team high of 17 digs and eight kills, the second highest on the team. Volstad collected 32 assists.

On Sunday, the Oles first faced the University of Dubuque, losing a hard-fought match 3-0. Paige Olson ’10 led the team with 11 kills and Otteman followed with 10 kills. Otteman also led the team in digs with 19. Volstad had 40 assists.

The Oles were able to finish the tournament with a win against Simpson College in five games Sunday.

The match against Simpson proved to be a team affair, with many players contributing to the win. It was a bonafide “killfest” for St. Olaf, with Olson notching 16 kills, Otteman 12, Brook 11 and Levin 10. Alyssa Williams ’10 topped the team in digs with 26, but Otteman added 24 digs and Sully contributed 23. Volstad had 50 assists in the winning effort.

This is St. Olaf’s first win against Simpson in four years.

“We played great against Simpson,” Volstad said. “It was a really great way to finish off the tournament.”

Book added that the team was pleased with their overall performance. “We beat Luther and Simpson and put up a good fight against Dubuque and Coe,” she said.

Otteman also praised the competition. “We got to see some really great teams we usually don’t face,” she said. “We got a lot of work done as well which is always the most important thing.”

After a win against Augsburg College 3-2 at home Sept. 27 and a loss to Gustavus in St. Peter 3-1 Oct. 4, the Oles are 2-4 in MIAC and 8-11 overall.

The Oles will take on the Cobbers of Concordia Saturday in Skoglund at 3 p.m.

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