ST. PAUL – Four Tommie players finished with double-figure kills as the St. Thomas volleyball team defeated St. Olaf College 3-1 on Wednesday night at Schoenecker Arena. The Tommies pick up the big win to improve to 11-5 overall and 4-1 in the MIAC, while the Oles drop their first conference match and fall to 13-2 overall and 3-1 in league play.
St. Thomas scored four straight points to build a 14-8 lead in set one, but the Oles came back to tie things up at 16-16 to erase the early advantage. Tied 21-21, the Tommies went on to outscore the Oles 4-1 and close out a 25-22 win in the first set.
St. Thomas scored the first three points of the second set on the way to building an eight-point lead (20-12). The Tommies then closed out a 2-0 lead by scoring the last four points of the set.
The Oles took set three after getting out to a hot start of their own, scoring the first three points. St. Thomas came back to tie the score and take the lead, which grew to as large as three points (18-15). But St. Olaf came right back to grab a 22-20 lead and hang on from there with a 25-22 final in set three.
UST led by as many as six (19-13) in the third set before closing out the match with a 25-20 win.
St. Thomas was led by four players who finished with double-figure kills. Freshman Fran Egan led the way with 16, while Audrey Erickson followed with 14. Grace Bordson put down 13 kills and Maddie Kroehler finished with a double-double of 10 kills and 22 digs. Katharine Mallak put up 52 assists as the lone setter on the night, and Ellie Meyer and Abby Louwagie finished with double-figure digs behind Kroehler with 14 and 12, respectively.
Lauren Rewers led St. Olaf with 14 kills, and Haley Langeslag finished with 22 digs.
The difference came in kill percentage. St. Thomas amassed a .250 with 62 kills and 22 errors on 160 total attacks. The Oles mustered just a .106 percentage with 48 kills and 31 errors on an equal 160 attacks.
The Tommies will be back in action at home on Friday night taking on Muhlenberg at 7:00 pm.