Bemidji State Falls to No. 15 MSU-Moorhead in Five Games
Friday, October 29, 2004
MOORHEAD, Minn. - For the second time this season the Bemidji State University volleyball team took nationally-ranked MSU-Moorhead to the fifth game before falling to the Dragons 3-2 (30-26, 31-33, 24-30, 15-12). Friday night the team battled back from a 1-0 deficit to hold a 2-1 lead and force the match to a fourth game. After dropping that game (30-25), the Beavers were defeated in the fifth and final game 15-12.

It was a record-setting night for the BSU floor defense. In addition to the team recording a season-high 113 digs, senior Kristine Engman (Virginia, Minn.) attained a career-best and set a new BSU rally-scoring record with 36 defensive saves--breaking the old mark by eight digs. Heather Haugen (Lanesboro, Minn.) also turned in a career-high with 30 digs while Kelly Piper (Eagan, Minn.) and Alicia Beaman (St. Paul Park, Minn.) collected 18 and 10 respectively to round out BSU's top four.

Offensively, the Beavers posted more kills (66) than the Dragons (63), but committed a season-high 50 attacking errors to hit only .067 as a team. A large reason for the offensive struggle was due to the net play of the Dragons. MSUM posted 13 blocks in addition to having five players recording 10 or more digs.

Senior Kristin Smith (Rockford, Ill.) made 52 assists on a BSU offense led by Haugen and freshman Brittney Burns (Henderson, Minn.) who collected 16-kills a piece. Piper posted 14 kills to record her team-leading eighth double-double of the season, while freshman Brittney Carlson collected 12 kills and led the team with a .179 hitting percentage (12k-7e-28att).

MSU-Moorhead hit .179 as a team and was led by Schaffer who collected a match-high 26 kills while hitting at a .345 clip (26k-6e-58att). Setter Julie Vancura collected 55 assists while Susan Kolbow tied BSU's Engman with a match-high 36 digs.

The loss drops BSU to 9-18 overall while the team is 2-9 in NSIC play. The Beavers will be back in action tomorrow (Nov. 30) when they travel to Aberdeen, S.D. to face Northern State University in NSIC play. The match is set to start at 7:00 p.m.