Beavers Lose Three-Set Match To the Fighting Sioux;
Tuesday, October 7, 2003
BEMIDJI, MINN. -- In snapping a six-match winning streak at home, dating back to last season, Bemidji State (11-10, 3-2 NSIC) could not stop North Dakota (12-6, 3-2 NCC) tonight, losing 0-3. Scores were 30-28, 30-24, 30-26.

North Dakota has now won 10 of its last 12 on the year and has beaten BSU five straight times in the series.

“They (North Dakota) just played smarter than we did,” said head coach Kim Falkenhagen. “Our serving was off, especially in the first game. I think we beat ourselves right there.”

The Beavers totaled seven service errors in game one, 11 on the match.

The Fighting Sioux scored seven straight to lead 9-3 early in game one. A knock-down by junior Heather Haugen fueled a 17-11 run to notch the count at 24-24. After a BSU time out, the hosts had two service errors while UND squeaked out the final two points to take the game.

Bemidji State got down by eight points after a 7-1 UND run. The guests led 14-6 at that point. A service ace by freshman Katie McKenzie capped a 5-1 spurt and bring BSU to a 17-20 score. But, BSU could not narrow the gap for the rest of the set.

The third game saw the Beavers receive three points from Haugen and a kill by Kristin Smith and led 4-1. From there, the Fighting Sioux rattled off 15 of the next 21 points to take a 16-10 advantage. Bemidji State made a push with a 10-6 run to come within two at 20-22. Haugen’s kill sent the home crowd into a cheer as the score was 26-29 but a UND kill ended the match and BSU’s home winning streak.

BSU hit .215 (47-19-130), just a shade lower than UND’s .216 (54-22-148) on the night. The green and white was held to a single service ace.

Haugen tied for match-high honors with 15 kills as she hit a match-best .560 (15-1-25). Senior Kristin Peterson added 11 kills while McDougall recorded 10. Kristin Smith posted 33 assists and 12 digs, her 20th career double-double. Junior Kristine Engman had a team-high 14 digs.

Kristi Glassmann hit for 15 kills and 16 digs for the Fighting Sioux. Also, Jamie Skadeland tallied 41 assists and 11 digs.

Bemidji State continues its toughest stretch of the season with a visit to #11 Minnesota-Duluth on Friday. The match is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. at Romano Gymnasium. The next five opponents have a combined record of 54-33 (.621).

“ Duluth is going to be a tough match,” said Falkenhagen. “We are going to have to play our best over there. They are the 12th-best team in the country for a reason.”

The Fighting Sioux have swiped the last five meetings as the overall series is now tied at 26-26 - the programs have met for the last 23 years consecutively...With seven digs on the night, Kristin Peterson stands eight away from the career top 10 list...The team hitting mark (.215) was the best in the loss for BSU since it hit .330 in the 0-3 loss at Concordia-St. Paul, Oct. 5, 2002...Heather Haugen’s hitting mark (.560) was a career high...Despite having more blocks than North Dakota (6-3), Bemidji State drops to 8-3 on the season when having more blocks than the opponent.