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Saint Mary's tops Ole volleyball

Nick Hoelmer
October 23, 2013

NORTHFIELD, Minn. - The St. Olaf volleyball team was able to stay close for much of the night, but in the end, it was Saint Mary's University that was victorious in a Wednesday night MIAC contest at Skoglund Center.

Facing a Saint Mary's team that featured numerous hard-hitters in Molly Grover and Alex Peterson as well as 6'3 Mary Nordick, St. Olaf, who wore bright pink uniforms to support breast cancer awareness, was not able to get enough going and lost in straight sets 25-20, 25-12 and 25-22.

The Oles kept pace with the Cardinals in the first set but found themselves down 19-15 before Ole setter Kersten Bork's serving spree allowed St. Olaf to crawl back to within one. However, Saint Mary's then went on a 6-2 run to close out the set.

St. Mary's had little trouble in the second set and saw leads of 10-3 and 18-7 before eventually claiming the set by a score of 25-12.

St. Olaf came out with new life to begin the third set and went back and forth with the Cardinals for a majority of the set. The Oles did not trail until going down 18-19 and featured leads of 5-3 and 18-15, but St. Mary's stormed back and clawed their way to a 25-22 win to clinch the set and match.

The Oles were able to get 11 kills from Taylor Gorder, 27 assists from Bork and also saw Molly Nelson add two service aces. Peterson led the way for Saint Mary's (10-10 MIAC, 19-17 overall) with 20 kills.

St. Olaf (1-8 MIAC, 7-18 overall) will travel across the river on Saturday to face crosstown rival Carleton, who is still searching for their first victory. Play will begin at 3 p.m.

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