“ We had momentum going into the match tonight and the crowd helped,” said head coach Kim Falkenhagen. “We had a tough weekend and we were ready to get back after it. It was definitely nice to have a crowd like this tonight.”
The Beavers held the Yellowjackets, which are members of the Division III-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, to eight points in the first game - the lowest output in the rally scoring era for a BSU opponent.
BSU reeled off 18 of the first 23 points in game one, including nine straight thanks to three service aces by senior Kristin Peterson. Peterson finished with seven, one shy of her school record eight done against Mayville State earlier in the year. After a lone UW-Superior point, the Beavers knocked down seven consecutive points and closed out the game only giving up two UW-Superior points the rest of the way. The green and white hit .485 (19-3-33) while Wisconsin-Superior went -.069 (3-5-29).
Games two and three saw BSU trail early with the guests earning 4-0 and 8-3 leads. After the Yellowjackets tallied four straight in the second stanza, the hosts countered with eight of the next nine to take a 28-24 lead. UW-Superior roared back with a 4-1 run to come within 29-28 but Bemidji State earned a side out to take a commanding two-game lead.
Junior Heather Haugen powered BSU’s comeback in the third game as she had a hand in six straight points - she totaled seven of her match-high 13 kills in the game. A service ace by freshman Lindsey Bromenshenkel notched the score at 14-14 and BSU never trailed from that point on to win its fifth match in six attempts at BSU Gymnasium.
Overall, BSU recorded a .200 (43-21-110) hitting percentage with senior Lisa Smith posting a .375 (3-0-8) mark. UW-S struggled with a .038 (29-25-105) output and only had one block compared to 10 from Bemidji State. The Beavers tied a season-high with 15 service aces.
Peterson complimented Haugen in kills with 13 and added 12 digs for her 18th career double-double. She surpassed junior Kristin Smith for the active lead in that category and has tallied 10 or more kills in 10 of the 13 matches this season. Freshman Kathryn McCannell recorded 27 assists in the match - she has averaged 26.7 assists in the last three matches as the starting setter.
For Wisconsin-Superior, Katie O’Hara posted a team-high nine kills while Michelle Miskowitz came away with eight digs.
BSU opens up its 12th Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference season with a weekend trip to Winona State (3-10) and Concordia-St. Paul (10-1), Friday and Saturday. BSU takes on Winona State 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Concordia-St. Paul at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. Both teams are on a roll as WSU beat No. 23 South Dakota State over the weekend while the Golden Bears, which received 72 votes in the Sept. 16th edition of the AVCA national polls, defeated No. 8 Minnesota-Duluth.
“It is going to be a real tough weekend with both those teams coming off huge wins,” said Falkenhagen. “We can’t go in to their places lightly.”
NOTE: BSU leads the overall series 20-7 and have taken the last six meetings...With UW-S hitting .038 (29-25-105), that mark ties a season-low for a BSU opponent - Mayville State hit .038, Sept. 2, 2003...The Beavers continue a marked advantage of service aces in their wins - they are +45 (81-36) after hitting 15 service aces on the night...The .485 mark in game one for BSU is second-best on the season - it went .500 (25-4-42) against Dakota Wesleyan (8/30/03)...Lindsey Bromenshenkel had a career-high six kills on the night...Kristin Peterson sits with 37 service aces on the season and holds a 0.93 sapg average - she stands 12th on the BSU career charts with 108.