BSU drops two in opening day of Golden Eagle Classic
Friday, September 5, 2008
CROOKSTON, Minn. (Lysaker Gymnasium) - In its first day of competition at the Golden Eagle Classic, the Bemidji State volleyball team was swept by the University of Manitoba (25-20, 25-17, 25-20) and Division I South Dakota (25-21, 25-18, 25-15) seeing its record drop to below .500 for the first time this season (3-4; 0-0 NSIC). Match one of the day pitted the Beavers against a first time opponent in the University of Manitoba Bison. The Bison’s offensive attack was to much for the Beaver defense to handle as the Bison hit at a pace of .354 (39k-11e-79at) for the match as the Beavers hit below .100 for the first time this season hitting .085 (23k-17e-71at). The Beaver offense was very balanced as one player had seven kills with two players with six kills in the match. Hannah Eilers (Fr., OH, Little Fork, Minn.) had one of her better performances of the season as she led the Beavers with seven kills, tying her highest output of the season. Lindsey Weyer (So., OH, Loyal, Wis.) and Heather Sampson (So., OH, Brooklyn Park, Minn.) both recorded six kills in the match. Courtney Bitter (Fr., S, Bemidji, Minn.) and Sampson led the Beaver defense. Bitter was the lone Beaver to reach double-digit digs with 10. Sampson controlled the net for the Beavers turning back three Bison attacks garnering one solo block and three assists. Bitter also compiled 18 assists to go along with her 10 digs for her first career double-double performance wearing the green and white. The Bison had two players reach double-digit kills. Ashley Voth posted a match-high 13 kills hitting at a sizzling rate of .545 (13k-1e-22at) while Sarah Morrissette had 11 hitting at a pace of .500 (11k-2e-18at.). Amy Sigfusson led the Bison in the back row with eight digs while Tricia Mayba and Voth had three blocks apiece. With the loss the Beavers fall to 0-1 all-time in the series versus the Bison. In BSU’s second match of the day South Dakota used seven more kills and 13 less errors than the Beavers to earn the win. South Dakota also out hit the Beavers in the match as the Coyotes hit .379 (42k-9e-87at) while the Beavers hit .191 (35k-17e-94at). The Beavers are now 0-3 when having less kills than their opponents. Weyer led the Beavers attack with 10 kills hitting at a rate of .250 (10k-5e-20at) and Sampson was not far behind as she finished the match with seven kills hitting .312 (7k-2e-16at) in the match. Jessi-Beth McCannell (Fr., LB, Brandon, Manitoba) led the Beavers in digs for the third time this season as she recorded a match-high 13 digs. Bitter led the Beavers offense with a match-high 29 set assists. The Coyotes were paced offensively by Laura Slagter and Kristin Kritenbrink. Slagter recorded a match-high of 14 kills, hitting at a rate of .417 (14k-4e-24at) while Kritenbrink notched 11 kills hitting at a pace of .455 (11k-1e-22at). Kathleen Hruska and Heather Hult controlled the net for USD with four blocks apiece. With the win South Dakota improves to a perfect 6-0 to start the season while BSU fell to 3-4. BSU also falls to 6-8 all-time versus South Dakota and 0-2 this season when facing a Division I opponent. Bemidji State (3-4; 0-0 NSIC) will be back in action tomorrow when the Beavers play Minnesota State University, Moorhead at 10 a.m. and Lake Superior State University at 2 p.m. in day two of the Golden Eagle Classic in Crookston, Minn. Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). --beavers--