2003 Prospectus & Outlook
Thursday, June 26, 2003
2003 Outlook
It does not take much for first year head coach Kim Falkenhagen to get pumped up about her debut in the green and white. In fact, she is anything but shy when discussing her main goal for Bemidji State prior to her first match.

“I want to get this team competing at a national level,” Falkenhagen said. “I can see them doing it in the near future. They have the potential, now they just have to know how.”

Falkenhagen comes to BSU after a three-year stint as assistant coach at West Texas A&M. She helped the Buffaloes to the NCAA Division II round of 16 in each of her three years on staff, including national quarterfinal appearances in 2000 and 2002.

“I feel I bring a winning tradition as well as a higher level of volleyball experience,” stated Falkenhagen. “We played some top caliber teams (at West Texas A&M) and I understand what it takes to get to that next level.”

The Team

Losing only six players, including two starters from the group of a season ago, Falkenhagen is confident in her team’s chances to improve from a 11-17 record.

“We have the potential to be in the top of our conference - if not this year then the next year,” said Falkenhagen. “The girls are very athletic and adapt well to their surroundings. This is the third coach the seniors have had and they have been versatile to what other coaches have brought in.”

Even though the 11 victories was the most since BSU won 25 in 1999, there still needs to be an attitude of winning developed, according to Falkenhagen.

“They have to continue to learn how to win. I want to see them set expectations a little bit higher and not settle for mediocrity.”

One area BSU has struggled in recent seasons is getting out to a fast start. Last year, the Beavers opened 2-6, dropping their first four contests. They had an identical record in 2001 after eight matches and 2000 saw them lose seven straight and open 1-10.

“In any sport, you have to be mentally prepared and as long as we are training our hardest during preseason work outs, we will be fine,” Falkenhagen said. “I have to make sure the players understand that non-conference games are a preparation period for the conference season.”

The Players

The Beavers look to run a “swing offense,” which is more of an active, moving set. In this system, both middle blockers Heather Haugen and Nicole McDougallwill take center stage which Falkenhagen describes.

“Both Heather and Nicole will be a major part of our offense with Heather using her speed and Nicole using her blocking ability.”

Haugen, a junior from Lanesboro, Minn., led the 2002 team in total blocks (52) and was second in kills/game (2.73), total kills (257), solo blocks (14) and blocks/game (0.55). A 2002 All-NSIC Honorable Mention selection, Haugen needs just 31 blocks to take over 14th place on the BSU career list. McDougall maintained an 0.72 blocks per game clip last year, which was tops on the club. The 6-3 senior looks to get back to her 2001 form when she was a league honorable mention performer and led BSU in kills per game (2.80) and blocks per game (0.97).

Two other seniors looking to make a dent in the school record books are outside hitters Kristin Peterson and Lisa Smith. Peterson and Smith are tied for first among BSU active players with 23 double-digit games for kills.

“Smith and Peterson will be controlling and managing the team both mentally and athletically,” said Falkenhagen.

Peterson, who played sparingly in 2002 (57 games), sits 16th for total attempts in a career (1,818). Like McDougall, Peterson will try to get back to her play in 2001 when she was the team leader in service aces (44) and digs (368).

Smith, who needs 200 kills to move into the BSU career top 10 list, was the squad’s 2002 leader in kills (337) and solo blocks (19). In the conference, Smith finished ninth in kills per game (3.47) and 15th in hitting percentage (.253). On six occasions, the 2002 All-NSIC First Team honoree nailed down 20 or more kills last season - BSU was 6-0 in those contests.

Juniors Kelly Piper and Kristine Engman will bolster the outside attacking corps as both bring veteran experience - Piper was one of three players to appear in all 101 games while Engman played in 96 last season.

“Kelly Piper will play right side and be a major factor for this offense,” said Falkenhagen. “She has got great jumping ability and a good court sense.

Engman moves to the outside this year where we will utilize better her jumping and passing abilities.”
Piper was second on the team in service aces (21) and third in kills (235) in 2002. Meanwhile, Engman, who was BSU’s libero last year, makes the switch to outside hitter after leading the club in digs/game (3.26).

Perhaps the setter position will be the one spot that is up for grabs as junior Kristin Smith and freshman Kathryn McCannell vie for starting status.

“Smith brings a lot of experience and a sense of competition because she is familiar with the position,” said Falkenhagen. “McCannell brings background training as a setter and a lot of patience needed for success.”

Smith, who holds the school mark for assists in a match (74), sits seventh in BSU’s career assists annals as she recorded 1,163 a year ago - the fifth highest at Bemidji State. Smith was the first BSU volleyball player to be named to the Verizon Academic All-District team; she was a third-teamer.

McCannell red shirted last year. She was co-captain at Neelin High School (Brandon, Man.) for two seasons and tournament MVP when her club was the Provincial AAA champion her senior season.

Out of the newcomers, freshman Lindsey Bromenshenkel may be the one to watch as Falkenhagen describes her as a “hard worker who will give her all in any position.”

The Schedule

The Beavers begin the 2003 season at the MSU-Moorhead Tournament on Friday, Aug. 29. The past five seasons have seen the Beavers partake in tournament action with each one being at a different site. Looking at season-openers all-time, the Beavers are 22-12 including a 13-11 record away from BSU Gymnasium.

One non-conference opponent that will have a huge impact will be St. Cloud State. Former Beaver head coach Patricia Mickow took the Husky coaching position in February.

“ It is going to be big with Mickow there,” said Falkenhagen. “Win or lose, it will give me a sense of our character and how we handle adversity.”

The NSIC/NCC Tournament held in mid-September pits BSU against solid regional teams outside the conference and Falkenhagen likes the competition her team will get.

“ Most of the teams there are either in the top 25 nationally or recognized in the regional rankings,” said Falkenhagen. “It will show how tough we are and how much we want to be like those teams.”

Two Northern Sun opponents in Concordia-St. Paul and Minnesota-Duluth will be important matches once league play begins. UM-Duluth cruised through the NSIC with a 18-0 mark last year to win its 20th championship. It maintains a .924 winning percentage (267-22), which leads all conference schools. C-SP went 13-5 in 2002, good for the fourth spot and a No. 7 ranking in the North Central Region.

“ They have been the stronger teams in the league the past couple of seasons,” said Falkenhagen. “We will have to go all out to show that we want to be contenders with them.”

2003 Roster
Name Pos. Yr. Ht. Hometown
#1 Kritine Engman DS/OH JR 5-7 Virginia, Minn.
#2 Kelly Piper DS/OH JR 5-9 Eagan, Minn.
#3 Nicole McDougall MB SR 6-3 Hitterdal, Minn.
#
4 Kristin Peterson OH SR 5-10 Hayfield, Minn.
#5 Katie McKenzie DS/D JR 5-5 Hibbing, Minn.
#7 Kathryn McCannell S FR 5-9 Brandon, Man.
#9 Heather Haugen MB JR 6-0 Lanesboro, Minn.
#10 Lisa Smith OH SR 5-9 Hasting, Minn.
#11 Lindsey Bromenshenkel DS/OH FR 5-8 Sauk Center, Minn.
#12 Kristin Smith S JR 5-7 Rockford, Ill.
#13 Christa Anderson OH SO 5-10 Siren, Wis.
#14 Christel Berube MB JR 5-10 Fisher, Minn.

2003 Schedule

Date Opponent PLACE TIME
Aug. 29-30 @ MSU-Moorhead Tourn. Moorhead, Minn.
Fri vs. Concordia-Moorhead 12 p.m.
vs. St. Cloud State 4 p.m.
Sat vs. Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 10 a.m.
vs. Valley City State (N.D.) 4 p.m.
Sept. 2 - Tues Mayville State (N.D.) Bemidji, Minn. 7 p.m.
Sept. 5-6 @ University of Mary (N.D.) Tourn. Bismarck, N.D.
Fri vs. Dickinson State (N.D.) 4 p.m.
vs. Mayville State (N.D.) 8 p.m.
Sat @ Mary 11 a.m.
vs. MSU-Moorhead 3 p.m.
Sept. 12-13 @ NSIC/NCC Tourn. Omaha, Neb.
Fri @ Nebraska-Omaha 2 p.m.
Sat vs. South Dakota State 10 a.m.
vs. South Dakota 2 p.m.
Sept. 16 - Tues Wisconsin-Superior Bemidji, Minn. 7 p.m.
Sept. 19 - Fri @ Winona State* Winona, Minn. 7 p.m.
Sept. 20 - Sat @ Concordia-St. Paul* St. Paul, Minn. 3 p.m.
Sept. 23 - Tues @ St. Scholastica Duluth, Minn. 7 p.m.
Sept. 26 - Fri UM-Crookston* Bemidji, Minn. 7 p.m.
Sept. 30 - Tues @St. Cloud State St. Cloud, Minn. 7 p.m.
Oct. 3 - Fri Northern State* Bemidji, Minn. 7 p.m.
Oct. 4 - Sat MSU Moorhead* Bemidji, Minn. 6 p.m.
Oct. 7 - Tues North Dakota Bemidji, Minn. 7 p.m.

Oct. 10 - Fri @ UM-Duluth* Duluth, Minn. 7 p.m.
Oct. 17 - Fri Wayne State (NE)* Bemidji, Minn. 7 p.m.
Oct. 18 - Sat Southwest Minnesota State* Bemidji, Minn. 3 p.m.

Oct. 21 - Tues @ Northern State* Aberdeen, S.D. 7 p.m.
Oct. 24 - Fri Concordia-St. Paul* Bemidji, Minn. 7 p.m.
Oct. 25 - Sat Winona State* Bemidji, Minn. 3 p.m.

Oct. 31 - Fri @ UM-Crookston* Crookston, Minn. 7 p.m.
Nov. 4 - Tues @ MSU Moorhead* Moorhead, Minn. 7 p.m.
Nov. 8 - Sat UM-Duluth* Bemidji, Minn. 3 p.m.
Nov. 14 - Fri @ Southwest Minnesota State* Marshall, Minn. 7 p.m.
Nov. 15 - Sat @ Wayne State (NE)* Wayne, Neb. 4 p.m.
*Indicates Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contests
Home games in Bold and played at BSU Gymnasium
^Subject to change

2002 Statistics
Overall Record: 11-17 NSIC: 4-14 Home: 8-3 Away: 2-9 Neutral: 1-5
ATTACK SERVE BLOCKS
PLAYER G K E TA Pct A SA SE RE DIG BS-BA Total BE BHE

#1 Kristine Engman 96 9 12 55 -.055 6 3 1 26 313 0-1 1 0 7
#2 Kelly Piper 101 235 126 753 .145 36 21 22 13 228 2-29 31 18 13
#3 Nicole McDougall 32 57 32 149 .168 2 1 9 0 15 6-17 23 6 4
#4 Kristin Peterson 57 142 61 435 .186 1 9 19 10 58 2-14 16 7 4
#5 Karri Turk 101 180 100 507 .158 13 10 14 14 232 12-37 49 11 7
#6 Layne Backer 59 147 84 479 .132 3 12 14 7 62 12-14 26 7 7
#8 Christina Barth 1 1 0 1 1.000 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 1 0
#9 Heather Haugen 94 257 126 744 .176 12 20 15 17 225 14-38 52 28 9
#10 Lisa Smith 97 337 122 851 .253 7 22 26 17 153 19-27 46 14 5
#11 Heather Hoffmann 7 0 1 2 -.500 2 0 0 1 10 0-0 0 0 0
#12 Kristin Smith 101 64 67 232 -.013 1,163 18 38 2 294 5-13 18 10 33
#14 Kristin Piper 11 0 0 3 .000 0 2 1 0 6 0-0 0 0 0
#15 Leah Bowen 27 0 3 9 -.333 2 0 2 24 49 0-0 0 0 1
#16 Christa Anderson 1 1 0 1 1.000 0 0 0 0 1 0-0 0 0 0
TEAM 51
BEMIDJI STATE 101 1,430 741 4,228 .163 1,247 118 161 182 1,646 72-190 167.0 102 90
OPPONENTS 101 1,548 582 4,053 .238 1,337 181 198 118 1,781 79-285 221.5 64 46
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