Colorado College def. St. Olaf 3-0 (Box) | St. Olaf def. Grinnell 3-0 (Box)

Oles earn split in Iowa, snap losing streak

Brent Hollerud
September 14, 2013

DECORAH, Iowa-- After dropping their first game on Saturday afternoon 3-0 to Colorado College, St. Olaf Volleyball rebounded to defeat Grinnell College 3-0 at Regents Center, ending their losing streak at seven games.

Colorado College def. St. Olaf 3-0

Colorado College prevailed in straight sets 25-14, 30-28, 25-22 thanks in part to a dominant performance from Abbe Holtze.

Holtze tallied 17 kills and hit .438 to lead the Tigers, who also earned nine kills apiece from Emily Phillips and Courtney Birkett en route to hitting .264 as a team.

The Oles had a few standout performances of their own, most notably Kelly Heissel's 16 kills. Molly Nelson notched 11 kills while Taylor Gorder had 10 kills and hit .409 as St. Olaf dropped their seventh in a row.

St. Olaf came close to taking a thrilling second set, one that featured many lead changes and saw no team open up a lead greater than three points.

After the Oles tied the set at 28, Colorado College used points from Holtze and Birkett to close out the set.

St. Olaf def. Grinnell College 3-0

St. Olaf was able to get back into the win column with a convincing 3-0 victory over Grinnell College, 25-16, 25-23, 25-14.

Maggie Prunty led the charge for the Oles, hitting .600 while posting 12 kills. Kelly Heissel added 12 of her own as the Oles hit .284 as a team.

Attack errors proved to be Grinnell's downfall, as the Pioneers committed 22 errors to 27 kills in the game, leaving them with a .054 hitting percentage.

For the second straight game, the middle set was hotly contested, with Grinnell holding a 11-6 lead at one point before St. Olaf was able to claw their way back and win the set.

The split brings the Oles record to 5-7 and more importantly gives St. Olaf its first win since an August 31 victory over Waldorf College.

Moving ahead the Oles prepare to open MIAC regular season play on Wednesday when they travel to St. Catherine University, before heading to Hamline University next Saturday. Wednesday's matchup is slated for a 7 p.m. start from St. Paul, Minn.

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