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Volleyball falls to Augsburg in fifth set

The St. Olaf volleyball team hosted Augsburg College as part of a “Dig Pink” event on Oct. 21 in Skoglund Center. All proceeds from the game went to Side-Out, a foundation that provides grants to research facilities dedicated tot helping and supporting breast cancer patients and their families.

Though the Oles played a fast and vicious game, the Auggies narrowly defeated them in the fifth set.

Within the first five minutes of the first set, the score was already 13-11 in favor of the Oles. Kelly Heissel ’14 was responsible for some intense, high-power kills 12 throughout the five sets while Maggie Prunty ’15 blocked Augsburg’s offensive attempts again and again.

Despite St. Olaf’s valiant efforts, Augsburg took the first set in a 26-24 win. Both teams displayed extraordinary skill and during the last few minutes of the game, St. Olaf kept the Auggies on their toes by tying the score up every time Augsburg pulled ahead.

During the second set, Melissa Burch ’13 displayed her skill, wowing the crowd with her spikes. The Oles quickly pulled ahead and

eventually took the set 25-18.

Augsburg claimed an early lead during the third set, and though St. Olaf managed to tie the set briefly, Augsburg eventually won 25-13.

The tables turned in the fourth set. Aided by the firepower of Ariel Carlson ’13, the Oles easily won 25-20. However, Augsburg took the game in the fifth set with a 15-12 win.

The Oles played their last regular-season home game of the season on Oct. 24, besting Macalester College 3-1. With the win, St. Olaf’s record stands at 10-20, 6-4 MIAC. The Oles face off at Carleton College for their last regular-season game on Oct. 27.