Bemidji State Loses 3-0 to SW Minnesota State;
Friday, November 14, 2003
MARSHALL, MINN. -- Tonight at the Physical Education Gymnasium, the Bemidji State (14-17, 6-9 NSIC) volleyball program dropped its fourth straight season match, this time at the hands of Southwest Minnesota State (19-11, 9-6 NSIC), 3-0. Scores were 30-21, 30-26, 30-20.

The loss marks the 13th consecutive for BSU when played in Marshall, Minn. The last Beaver series win on the road was Nov. 1, 1989.

Kill totals favored the Beavers (43-39), but hit just for a .032 mark compared to the .174 hitting percentage by SMSU. The Mustangs ended with seven service aces, compared to just one by Bemidji State.

In the four-match losing streak, BSU has only averaged 3.5 service aces per match; the 27 matches before, the green and white averaged 7.1 per match.

For the Beavers, senior Lisa Smith recorded her 11th career double-double, notching a match-high 11 kills and 13 digs. Junior Heather Haugen posted 10 kills and nine digs while junior Kristine Engman came away with a match-best 18 digs. Setters Kristin Smith and Kathryn McCannell came away with 18 and 14 assists, respectively.

Lisa Lunde led the hosts with 10 kills, Renee Barenz had 14 digs and Sarah Rittenhouse notched 37 assists.

Bemidji State closes out the season with a matinee affair tomorrow at Wayne State (Neb.). First serve begins at 4:00 p.m. in Wayne, Neb.

NOTE: In the overall series, the Mustangs push their advantage to a 40-31 all-time record...This four-match BSU losing streak is the longest since it lost five straight between Oct. 4-Oct. 15, 2002...The 73 BSU digs is a season-high in a three-game match...The 38 errors is the most since the Beavers tallied 39 vs. SW Minnesota State, Nov. 9, 2002...Kristine Engman now has 14 matches this season when she has either tied or totaled a team-best in digs...The last time BSU had more kills than its opponent, but lost was against Wayne State (Neb.), Oct. 17, 2003, when it held a 61-55 advantage...Kristin Petersonbecame the ninth Beaver to tally 900 career digs with 10 on the night, she has 909; also, with nine kills, she became the seventh BSU athlete to record 900 career, she stands with 906.