Oles fall to Gustavus for fourth consecutive loss
October 2, 2013
NORTHFIELD, Minn.- The St. Olaf volleyball team showed plenty of fight, but in the end fell 25-16, 26-24, 22-25, 25-22 to Gustavus Adolphus College Wednesday night at Skoglund Center in a MIAC matchup.
The loss, the Oles' fourth straight, ends a tough homestand for St. Olaf, where they played three teams with a combined 13-2 MIAC record, including two nationally-ranked squads in Augsburg and St. Thomas.
After dropping the first set, the Oles refused to roll over, forging their way to a late 24-22 lead in the second before surrendering four straight points to fall down two sets to none.
St. Olaf responded again in set three, hanging tight with the Gusties before finishing with a 3-0 run of their own to force a fourth set.
The Oles held a 12-9 lead in the fourth before Gustavus exploded with a 9-1 run to take control of the set and close out the match.
Gustavus was led by four different players racking up ten or more kills, as the Gusties finished with 56 team kills on the match. Becca Woodstra led all players with 15 kills, while hitting .297. Emily Gilman added another two kills while hitting an impressive .368.
Kelly Heissel and Maggie Prunty were the high scorers for the Oles, notching 11 and 10 kills respectively.
The Oles, falling to 1-4 in the MIAC (6-11 overall), look to get back on the winning track this weekend as they travel to Waverly, Iowa for tournament play. St. Olaf kicks things off on Friday, playing Coe College at 3 p.m. and Wartburg College at 5:15 p.m.
Friday afternoon will be the second meeting between the Oles and Coe College in 2013, as St. Olaf fell 3-0 to the Kohawks on Sept. 13 in Decorah, Iowa.