Oles swept by Coe, Wartburg to begin Knights Classic
October 4, 2013
WAVERLY, Iowa - The St. Olaf volleyball team had a rough start to the Knights Classic tournament on Friday, dropping a pair of 3-0 matches to Coe College and host Wartburg College.
Coe College def. St. Olaf 3-0
St. Olaf fell victim to a tough Coe College squad 25-16, 25-22, 25-18 in game 1.
Coe hit an impressive .340 as a collective, tallying 49 total kills to only 14 errors.
The Kohawks were led by a dominant performance from Rachel Schaefer, who notched 16 kills hitting at a torrid .583 percentage. Six Coe players finished the match with hitting percentages .400 or better.
After a rough first set where they hit .050 as a team, the Oles rebounded in the second. While St. Olaf held the lead for the majority of the frame, a late 4-0 run by the Kohawks turned a 21-20 Ole lead to a 24-21 Coe advantage, which they capitalized upon to take a 2-0 set lead.
St. Olaf could not overcome a .485 team hitting percentage from the Kohawks in set three as Coe completed the sweep to improve to 21-2 on the season.
Maggie Prunty had 9 kills, hitting .444 for St. Olaf.
Wartburg College def. St. Olaf 3-0
In their second game of the day the Oles faced off against a Wartburg College team that had won 10 of their last 11 games entering Friday.
The Knights, playing in their home court, proved too much for St. Olaf winning in straight sets 25-15, 25-13, 25-20.
Wartburg hit .327 as a team, including .448 in the first set, to gain the upper hand on the Oles. Maddie Forsyth led both squads with 17 kills for the Knights, while Ramey Sieck added eight kills and a .667 hitting percentage to the Wartburg attack.
Pacing the Oles offense were Maggie Prunty and Molly Nelson, earning eight and six kills respectively. Sophie Schwartz led St. Olaf with a .400 hitting percentage.
The Oles (6-13 overall, 1-4 MIAC), losers of six straight, hope to rebound on Saturday with two more matches at the Knights Classic, as they take on Carthage College at 10 a.m. and Luther College at 12:15 p.m.
St. Olaf returns to MIAC play on Oct. 9 as Macalester College pays a visit to Skoglund Center at 7 p.m.