The Oles' Melissa Burch attacks a ball on the right side in Saturday's loss to CSB.
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Blazers bounce volleyball Oles in five

Mike Ludwig
October 8, 2011

NORTHFIELD, Minn. - The College of Saint Benedict rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat host St. Olaf in five sets, capped by a 15-12 victory in the decisive fifth, in a MIAC volleyball match on Saturday at Skoglund Center.

Lexi Alm led four Blazers in double-digits for kills with 13. Chelsie Sobieck added 11 while Callie Neumann and Alexa Rinde had 10 each.

St. Olaf was paced by Katie Wolfram's 16 kills. Melissa Burch chipped in 13 while Ari Carlson had 12, hitting a team-best .290 in the loss.

St. Olaf (10-11, 2-4 MIAC) cruised to 25-16 and 25-21 victories in the opening two sets before the Blazers (13-6, 5-1 MIAC) began their rally. CSB extended a slight lead with a 7-0 burst to lead 17-10 in third set on the way to a 25-20 win.

In the fourth, the Blazers never trailed, opening up a lead of 10-4 before closing out a 25-16 victory.

In the decisive fifth, CSB broke a 5-5 tie with a 6-1 run that seemingly sealed the match. St. Olaf responded with a 5-0 run to tie the set at 12-12 before an attack error by Wolfram and kills by Alm and Coleman finished the triumph.

St. Olaf returns to action on Wednesday night when it hosts No. 12 St. Thomas at 7 p.m.

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