Oct. 14, 2009

Courtesy of Saint Benedict Athletics

The No. 20-ranked College of Saint Benedict volleyball team (19-5 overall, 5-1 MIAC) defeated the no. 9-ranked University of St. Thomas 3-1 for the first time since 2004, breaking a nine-match losing streak.

UST jumped to a 12-6 lead over CSB, but the Blazers soon caught up, tying the score at 15.  The teams exchanged point for point for the remainder of the set, but CSB prevailed, winning 30-28.

The second set was a mirror image of the first as CSB controlled the beginning of the set with a 10-5 lead until UST tied the score at 11.  They alternated leads before the Tommies won 27-25.

The third set began with a Blazer 10-6 lead over the Tommies, and they maintained a decent gap to win 25-21.

The final set was a fight for both teams, resulting in a tied score at 10.  CSB jumpd ahead 14-11 before UST inched closer, jumping ahead 18-14.  With a 23-20 Tommie lead, things weren't looking good for the Blazers.  However, they hung on, creeping back to tie the score at 23.  UST won the next point for a 24-23 score, but CSB picked up the next three to win 26-24.

Junior right side hitter Kayli Schumacher (East Grand Forks, MN, Sacred Heart) led the Blazers with 15 kills and a .461 hitting percentage.  Senior outside hitter Emma Jaynes (Hibbing, MN, Hibbing) had 16 kills, 25 digs and four blocks.  Sophomore outside hitter Chelsie Sobieck (Wyoming, MN, Forrest Lake) had 14 kills and junior middle blocker Calleigh Brown (Buffalo, MN, Buffalo) added 11.  Senior setter Beth Hanson (Faribault, MN, Bethlehem Academy) contributed 55 assists.

The Blazers next host Macalester on Fri., Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in Claire Lynch Hall.