Game Notes vs. Wayne State/SW Minnesota State
Monday, October 13, 2003
DULUTH, MINN. -- Bemidji State (11-11, 3-3 NSIC) gave a scare to No. 11 Minnesota-Duluth (16-2, 4-1 NSIC) by taking game one, but the nationally ranked Bulldogs took the last three games and won, 3-1 at Romano Gymnasium. UM-Duluth won by scores of 27-30, 30-25, 30-15, 30-18.

“ I am so proud of our girls those first two games,” said head coach Kim Falkenhagen. “That was a true volleyball match there. It was clean and we were on our game.”

Both teams played a tight first game with no one leading more than two points until BSU scored five straight to go up 14-11. After a 9-4 Bulldog run, the Beavers responded with a 6-0 spurt and led 24-20. A big kill by senior Lisa Smith and one of BSU’s five blocks in the game shut out things as the guests took it by a count of 30-27.

After a quick start and a lead of 4-1, the Bulldogs gave up six of the next nine as the score was notched 7-7 in the second game. After trading points, BSU took its first lead after a block assist from the tandem of junior Kristin Smith and senior Nicole McDougall. The visitors extended their advantage to 15-11 before the Bulldogs rattled off seven straight to take a 18-15 lead. The hosts kept the momentum, despite a 5-1 Beaver run, and tallied 19 of the final 29 points to take the game, 30-25.

Bemidji State came out flat in the game three, getting blanked for the first 12 points. Bemidji State put on some pressure, scoring nine of 11 to bring the score to 12-24. Back-to-back points from junior Heather Haugen were BSU’s final points as UM-D ran away with the final four points and a 30-15 victory.

After the first three Bulldog points in the fourth game, neither team lead by more than two points until a 8-4 UM-Duluth rally. Up 20-16, Minnesota-Duluth posted seven unanswered tallies to lead 27-16. The 11th-best program in the nation only needed three of the next five to take the match, 30-18.

“We always seem to come out flat after that 10-minute break (after the second game),” said Falkenhagen. “But I think we came out strong and they (UM-Duluth) realized that we are a team to be reckoned with.”

On the night, BSU was led by the 13 kills from senior Kristin Peterson, 31 assists from Kristin Smith and 11 digs from junior Kristine Engman. Peterson added 10 digs, moving her into 10th-place on the career digs list - she stands with 811.

BSU will take a week off to prepare for a home series against Wayne State (Neb.) and Southwest Minnesota State, Oct. 17-18. The match against Wayne St. will begin at 6:00 p.m. while the Mustangs visit for a 3:00 p.m. start.

Minnesota-Duluth pushes the all-time series to a 77-9 advantage and has taken the last 10 affairs...The first game BSU won was the first in the series since a game two win, Oct. 24, 2000...Despite losing the match but winning game one, the Beavers drop to 17-5 in the last two years when winning the first game...The 12-0 spurt BSU gave up in the third game was the longest for an opponent on the year.