Tommies deny Oles' quest for regional title
November 14, 2010
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Host No. 12 St. Thomas overcame sizable deficits in each of the first two sets to defeat No. 11 St. Olaf in three -- 25-21, 27-25, 25-14 -- to claim a regional title in the NCAA Division III Volleyball Championship on Sunday at the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex.
UST (31-6) trailed 15-11 in the first and 19-13 in the second but used big runs in each to claim a 2-0 lead. The Tommies, who had a team-best 12 kills from Katie Bonine, then broke a 12-12 tie in the third set with a 13-2 run to close the match and end the Oles' season.
Kim Smisek's 13 kills led St. Olaf (31-5), which defeated St. Thomas in each of the school's previous two meetings this season. The loss snapped a 14-match winning streak and denied the Oles what would have been their fourth appearance in the round of eight and the first since 1996.
Smisek and Melissa Burch, who had 11 kills while hitting .318 in the defeat, were named to the event's all-tournament team.
UST's Emily Foster was named the tournament most valuable player. She had 43 set assists, three kills and three aces in Sunday's victory. The Tommies' Bonine and Jill Osborne were also named to the all-tournament team.
St. Olaf End-of-Season Notes
- St. Olaf's 30-win season was the seventh in school history and the team's .861 winning percentage is fourth-best.
- The Oles' MIAC regular season title was the sixth, the MIAC playoffs title was the second and the NCAA appearance was the 10th.
- St. Olaf is now 12-10 all-time in the NCAA tournament.
- Kim Smisek finished the season with 605 kills, which is a school record. - Smisek's 1,985 career kills are second in school history.
- Setter Kelly Prunty finished the season with 1,499 assists, good for fifth at St. Olaf.
- Prunty, who completed her career with 5,022 assists, became the seventh setter in MIAC history to eclipse 5,000 career assists. She is fourth all-time at St. Olaf.