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ISSUE 121 VOL 2 PUBLISHED 9/28/2007

Volleyball digs out 1-1 week

By Barrett Kennedy
Sports Editor


Friday, September 28, 2007

The St. Olaf volleyball squad dropped three straight games to St. Benedict's on Wednesday night. They fell 23-30, 22-30, and 26-30 in the final game to seal the Blazers' victory.

The loss put the Oles at 1-3 in the MIAC, 6-6 overall.

First-year Kim Smisek '11 continued to lead the Oles attack, racking up 18 kills against the Blazers. Five other Oles combined for their other 19 kills. Kelly Prunty '11 added 28 assists in St. Olaf's effort.

Despite losing the match in straight games, the women kept each individual game close. Wednesday's win puts St. Benedict's in fourth place in the MIAC.

The Oles picked up their first MIAC win on Saturday. The women traveled to St. Catherine's and defeated the Cardinals three games to one.

"Every game was close, and we fought hard for the win," Alyssa Williams '10 said.

In the first and fourth games, the Oles stepped up the last few points to seal two 30-28 wins. The women trailed 25-28 in the first game, and found themselves tied at 28 in the second game, but managed to secure the wins.

Smisek again led the way with 22 kills. The 6' 1" outside hitter paces the Oles with 4 kills per game. Jessica Levin '09 contributed 16 kills against St. Kate's.

On the defensive side, Janet Sully '10 had 16 digs to top St. Olaf individuals. She sits second behind Williams in the season statistics.

The women have a unique team in that there is not a single senior on the roster. Their youth doesn't bother Williams.

"Our six talented and energetic first-years have been fitting in wonderfully with our six returners," Williams said. "We are young, but we have great chemistry and a lot of potential."

The Oles play at home Friday against Concordia-Moorhead. The match starts at 7 p.m.





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