Bemidji State splits first two matches at MSU-Moorhead tourney
Friday, August 29, 2003
MOORHEAD, Minn. - Bemidji State's volleyball team split its first two matches at the Minnesota State-Moorhead Tournament today, downing Concordia-Moorhead 3-1 in its opener and then falling 3-0 to St. Cloud State in the afternoon tilt.

After taking two of the first three games, Bemidji State used a 6-0 scoring burst to notch the score at 12-12 in game four. That run propelled the Beavers to a decisive game four win and 3-1 match victory against Concordia-Moorhead at Alex Nemzek Gymnasium. In the afternoon match, BSU was dealt a 3-0 setback at the hands of St. Cloud State in day number one at the Minnesota State-Moorhead Tournament. The first match gave head coach Kim Falkenhagen her first collegiate win.

"It is so good to get rid of the jitters and get the win under the belt right away," said Falkenhagen. "It was real nice to get that out of the way."

Scores against Concordia-Moorhead were 30-26, 23-30, 30-20 and 30-26.

In splitting the first two games, the Beavers rattled off 13 of 17 points, including five straight, to take a commanding 17-9 lead in game three against Concordia-Moorhead. The Cobbers got to within three points at 20-17, but BSU was too much, scoring 10 of the final 13 points.

Three Beavers tallied double-doubles in kills and digs. Senior Kristin Peterson tied junior Kristin Smith on the active list with her 14th career double as she had a game-high 17 kills and 12 digs. Senior Lisa Smith, who was one dig shy of a personal-best, recorded her sixth career double-double with 13 kills and 17 digs. Junior Kelly Piper notched 11 kills and 13 digs, her fourth career double-double. Meanwhile, Kristin Smith came away with her fifth highest assists mark (58) of her career.

Bemidji State could not get much going in games one and two against St. Cloud State. In BSU's first showing against its former head coach, Patricia Mickow, the green and white trailed by counts of 6-16 and 6-12. Then, the Beavers came to life in the third stanza going up 21-18 after six straight points. Lisa Smith had three of her game-high 16 kills during that stretch. However, SCSU closed with a 10-2 match-ending run. The Huskies won by scores of 30-21, 30-15 and 30-25.

Junior Kristine Engman totaled a game-high 13 digs, her 19th career double-digit effort. Peterson added 10 kills and nine digs in the losing effort.

"In the last game, we showed some character and heart," said Falkenhagen. "But, we were flat and nervous for the first two games. Unfortunately, we turned their momentum around a little too late."

Several reserves saw action in games two and three, sophomore Christa Anderson, freshman Lindsay Bromenshenkel, and redshirt freshman Kathryn McCannell. Anderson came away with two kills while McCannell had two digs.

BSU wraps up action in Moorhead tomorrow with two matches. The first one pits the Beavers against Dakota Wesleyan at 10:00 a.m. with Valley City State to follow at 4:00 p.m.

Notes: BSU improves to 31-7-1 in the all-time series with Concordia-Moorhead while it drops to 13-33 against the Huskies…The Beavers move to 23-12 all-time in season-openers…With Kristin Smith's 58 assists against C-M, BSU is 7-0 when she has more than 55 assists…Smith's two-day total of 93 assists inches her closer to the sixth-spot on the school's career list – she stands with 1,330, just 13 shy…With the win in neutral territory, BSU matches that win total from last season…Dating back to the 2001 campaign, B SU is 6-1 in 5-game matches.

* rally-scoring era only, since 2001