#16 Saint Ben's def. St. Olaf 25-20, 25-22, 25-11 (Box)

Volleyball bounced by Blazers in MIAC final

Mike Ludwig
November 7, 2009

ST. JOSEPH, Minn. - The 16th-ranked College of Saint Benedict topped 21st-ranked St. Olaf in straight sets -- 25-20, 25-22 and 25-11 -- in the MIAC volleyball playoffs championship on Saturday night.

Kayli Shumacher had a match-best 11 kills for the Blazers (26-5) who held St. Olaf to a season-low .065 hitting percentage. With the win, Saint Ben's gets the MIAC's automatic bid to the NCAA's, which begin next week.

Kim Smisek's nine kills led St. Olaf. It marked the first time in her last 34 matches (Oct. 22, 2008 vs. Macalester) that Smisek, who leads the country in kills, didn't reach double-digits.

St. Olaf, ranked fifth in the region and fresh off a win over No. 9 St. Thoams, will likely get an at-large bid to the event. The tournament field will be announced live on Monday at 10 a.m. CST via the NCAA's website.

The MIAC playoffs title match appearance was the Oles' first since they won the event in 2002.

Contact media relations specialist Mike Ludwig at (507) 786-3834 or ludwigm@stolaf.edu.