ST. PAUL, Minn. - [box score] At the Gangelhoff Center, Concordia-St. Paul (12-1, 2-0), which received 72 votes in the latest AVCA Division II polls, brought down Bemidji State (7-8, 0-2) 3-0. Scores were 30-16, 30-12 and 30-17. The Golden Bears now own a 10-match winning streak defeating the likes of No. 10 North Dakota State earlier in the season.
After trailing by five points early in game one, BSU was only able to get within three at 6-3 as the Golden Bears increased their advantage from there. C-SP held leads of 10 and 13 before closing out with a 30-16 victory.
The Beavers kept things close in the second game, reeling off four of five points at one stretch to take a 8-7 advantage. Two services aces by junior Kelly Piper capped the streak. From there, C-SP countered with five consecutive and 12 of the next 13 tallies. The hosts had no trouble in winning 30-12.
The Bears closed out the contest much the same way they did in the first two games, good hitting and serving. BSU narrowed a 11-2 gap with two side-outs and a kill by senior Nicole McDougall to come within 11-5. However, Concordia-St. Paul used a raucous crowd winning its third straight over the Beavers.
Leading the Beavers, junior Heather Haugen had six kills and junior Kristine Engman recorded seven digs. As a team, Bemidji State hit -.047 (20-25-106).
On the other side, Concordia-St. Paul finished with a .347 mark (47-14-95), hitting .400 (18-4-35) in the first game. Jill Kavlik came away with a game-high 11 kills, Mandy Horazdovsky posted 13 digs and setter Cailin Terhaar totaled 41 assists.
Bemidji State will welcome St. Scholastica in its next match, Tuesday at the BSU Gymnasium. Start-time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
NOTE: With the loss, Bemidji State drops to 9-5-1 in the overall series...BSU starts the conference season with an 0-2 record for the first time since the 1996 season, 3-0 losses at MSU-Moorhead and Northern State...BSU was called for a delay of game to begin game three - C-SP was awarded a point...It was the first time no BSU player was able to record 10 or more kills since Wayne State (11/8/02).