No. 7 Wittenberg def. St. Olaf 3-2 | No. 1 Wash U def. St. Olaf 3-0

Oles drop five-set match to No. 7 Wittenberg, swept by top-ranked Washington U.

Mike Ludwig
September 10, 2010

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The 18th-ranked St. Olaf volleyball team lost a five-set match to No. 7 Wittenberg on Friday afternoon before dropping a three-set meeting with No. 1 Washington University in St. Louis in the first two rounds of Washington University/Asics National Invitational.

No. 7 Wittenberg def. No. 18 St. Olaf 25-15, 25-21, 23-25, 23-25, 15-11
The Oles' Kim Smisek had a match-best 16 kills, but Wittenberg scored six unanswered in the decisive fifth set on the way to the win.

St. Olaf led the final set 6-2 before Wittenberg went on its surge.

Kristin Boyum added 16 digs for St. Olaf while Katie Sumner's 10 kills paced Wittenberg.

No. 1 Wash U def. No. 18 St. Olaf 25-16, 25-17, 25-9
The top-ranked Bears had three players -- Meghan Byrne, Marya Kaminski and Lauren Budde -- with 10 kills on the way to the three-set victory.

St. Olaf was led by Ari Carlson and Smisek, who had eight kills apiece.

St. Olaf (4-2, 0-0 MIAC) plays No. 10 Carthage at 10 a.m. and No. 9 Ohio Northern at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow.

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