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ISSUE 120 VOL 5 PUBLISHED 10/27/2006

Otteman reaches milestone as Oles notch two victories

By Monica Southworth
Staff Writer

Friday, October 27, 2006

For the St. Olaf volleyball team, an exciting home victory against St. Benedict’s on Friday followed an equally intense win against Saint Mary’s Wednesday in Winona. Both matches were pushed to five games.

Against the Blazers, the Oles lost the first game, rallied in the second for a 31-29 win, lost the third, shot ahead of the Blazers with a 30-24 win in the fourth and pushed the match to the fifth game. During the fifth game, the Blazers were poised for the win with a 14-11 edge. However, the Oles rallied and won 17-15 to claim the match.

“The girls did wonderful out here,” head coach Cindy Book said. “We had a lot of first years playing. There were several times when there were four first years and only two seniors on the floor.”

Due to an injury in the first game, the Oles were forced to continue on without middle blocker Jess Levin ‘09.

In the Blazer game, Andrea Otteman ‘07 had a match-high 25 kills and Audrey Volstad ’07 had 65 set assists. Christine Brook ’09 had 20 kills and Paige Olson ‘10 had 17.

Earlier in the week, the Oles traveled to Winona to play the Cardinals. The first game went to St. Mary’s, though the Oles rallied and claimed the second and third games. In a close third game, the Cardinals pulled ahead for a 30-27 victory, forcing the match to go to the fifth game, in which the Oles triumphed 15-7.

Otteman reached a personal milestone during Wednesday’s game. She eclipsed 1,500 digs for her career in Friday’s win and needs just 37 kills during her last three games to surpass 1,500 in that category.

Along with Volsad and Otteman were named co-MIAC Volleyball Players of the Week.

Pending results against Carleton Wednesday, the Oles stood at 10-13 overall and 4-6 in the MIAC.

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