Blazers deal four-game loss to Volleyball Oles

Mike Ludwig
October 22, 2005

The College of Saint Benedict extended their winning streak to 11 in a 30-21, 22-30, 30-12 and 30-19 win over the St. Olaf volleyball team on Saturday in St. Joseph, Minn.

Andrea Otteman (Jr., Ames, Iowa) led three Oles in double figures for kills with 12. Jess Levin (Fy, Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Xavier) had 11 and Danica Finseth (Sr., Chatfield, Minn.) 10.

St. Olaf jumped to a 3-0 and 13-5 lead in game two on the way to their only game win in the match.

Emily Stessman (So., Omaha, Neb./Marian) had a team-high 16 kills, and Ashely Pinckney (Sr., Ely, Minn.) had 15 kills and six service aces in the win for Saint Ben's.

The Blazers hit .359 in game one, .306 in game four and .297 for the match.

Ashley Dennis (Jr., Billing, Mont.) had 16 digs and Audrey Volstad (Jr., Hanley Falls, Minn./YME) 45 set assists in the loss for St. Olaf.

The Oles close the regular season at Carleton on Wednesday.

With a win, or a Bethel loss in their final game, St. Olaf would be the five seed in the six-team MIAC playoffs, which begin Tues., Nov. 1. If the Oles lose and Bethel beats Macalester Wednesday, the Oles would get the sixth seed.

Concordia and Saint Ben's play Wednesday. The winner will be the third seed and the loser the fourth seed.

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Saint Ben's def. St. Olaf 30-21, 22-30, 30-12 and 30-19 (Box)

Andrea Otteman, above, waits for a pass in the Oles' four-game loss at Saint Ben's Saturday. Below, Ashley Dennis hits past a Blazer blocker.