No. 12 (1)St. Olaf def. (5)Saint Benedict 25-17, 22-25, 25-23, 18-25, 15-8 (Box)

#12 Oles defeat Saint Benedict 3-2 in MIAC Playoffs Semifinals

Samantha K Walter
November 4, 2010

NORTHFIELD, Minn. - Kim Smisek had 20 kills and 12 digs as No. 12 and top-seeded St. Olaf beat fifth-seeded Saint Benedict 25-17, 22-25, 25-23, 18-25 and 15-8 in the MIAC Playoffs semifinals on Thursday evening at Skoglund Center.

St. Olaf jumped to a 8-5 lead in the decisive fifth set and cruised to a 15-8 victory for the win.

With the victory the Oles, winners of 11 in a row, will host St. Thomas in the event's title game on Saturday at 7 p.m. The championship appearance is the second in a row and third overall for St. Olaf in the event's current format (since 2001).

Ariel Carlson added 13 kills and hit .267 in the win, while Kelly Prunty had 53 assists.

Calleigh Brown and Kayli Schumacher led the Blazers in kills with 19 and 15, while Kathryn Gaydos had 48 assists in the loss.

After winning the first set, St. Olaf (28-4) lost the second 25-22 as Saint Ben's went on to tie the match at one set apiece.

The Oles rallied to a 9-3 start and won the third set, but the Blazers (18-12) rebounded to even the match with a 25-18 win in the fourth.

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