LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Bemidji State University junior Brie Groskreutz (OH, Reedsburg, Wis.) and freshman Courtney Bitter (S, Bemidji, Minn.) were named to the 2008 Las Vegas Blast All-Tournament Team, which was announced Saturday evening in Las Vegas, Nev.
Groskreutz led the Beavers defensive charge as she posted a team-high 45 digs in 11 sets played for an average of 4.09 d/g. She recorded at least 10 digs in all three matches she played, including a season-high 21 in a five set loss to Northern State. The Reedsburg, Wis. native also posted the Beavers first double-double performance of the season as she had 13 kills and 14 digs in a 3-0 win over Newman University on Aug. 30. She also had 19 kills (1.73 k/g) and two service aces.
Bitter controlled the Beavers offensive attack as she tallied 143 set assists (9.53 a/g) in 15 sets played. She netted at least 24 assists in all four matches including a career and season-high 46 against Northern State on Aug. 29. She was also stellar on defense as she notched 33 digs (2.20 d/g) and three blocks (0-3). The Bemidji, Minn. native also finished the weekend with 22 kills (1.47 k/g) and five service aces.
Groskreutz and Bitter helped the Beavers garner a 3-1 record in the Las Vegas Blast, which is the best start for a BSU squad since 2003. The Beavers picked up two wins over Newman University (Kan.) to move to 2-0 all-time versus the Jets and one win over Huntington University (Ind.) in their first ever meeting against the Foresters. BSU’s lone loss came at the hands of NSIC foe Northern State in a five set affair. With the loss to the Wolves the Beavers fell to 31-24 all-time against NSU.Bemidji State will be back in action tonight, Sept. 2, as the Beavers travel to Grand Forks, N.D. to take on Division-I North Dakota at 7 p.m. from the Bette Engelstad Sioux Center.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).