Ole volleyball swept by Pipers: Team fails to overcome Hamline University

The St. Olaf volleyball team took on Hamline University in a MIAC clash on Saturday, Sept. 27, at Skoglund Center. The Oles were looking to build off a victory over the College of St. Catherine three days earlier, but were unable to stop the Pipers’ blistering offense.

With the first set level at 9-9, the Pipers went on a four-point run to open up a slight advantage. It was an advantage that the Oles were unable to close throughout the remainer of the set, falling desperately close in a final score of 22-25.

After the close first set, the Pipers hit an impressive .353 in the second set to take it with a 25-12 advantage. Needing to claim the third set to keep the match alive, the Oles found themselves in trouble, down 13-20. The Oles rallied impressively, winning 10 of the next 14 points to get within one point of the Pipers. However, Hamline closed out the match 25-23 to record the victory.

St. Olaf was led by Maggie Prunty ’15, who recorded seven kills on 17 swings. Abby Carpenter ’18 had six kills and Abby Slack ’17 had 26 digs in the loss for the Oles.

St. Olaf, which now has a run of games on the road, will return to home action on Oct. 24 in a clash with College of Saint Benedict. In the meantime, the Oles will compete against teams throughout Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois.