BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) - In a tight knit battle the Bemidji State University extended its win streak to six over the Upper Iowa Peacocks as the Beavers swept UIU on homecoming Saturday from the BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers earned the victory by scores of 28-26, 26-24, and 25-21 to pick up its sixth win of the season.
The story of the match was errors, Upper Iowa University committed 38 errors while Bemidji State committed just 30. The Beavers out hit the Peacocks hitting at a pace of .274 (44k-15e-106at) while Upper Iowa hit at a rate of .211 (41k-18e-109at). BSU’s .274 hitting percentage was fourth best this season.
Bemidji State was led by Laura Slinger (Fr., OH, Faribault, Minn.) who tallied a career-high 11 kills, hitting a career-high .579 (11k-0e-19at). Nicole Olson (So., MB, Baudette, Minn.) and Melissa McNeely (Fr., OH, Burnsville, Minn.) each chipped in with eight kills. McNeely’s eight kills ties a career-high.
Olson led the Beavers defensively as she recorded a career-high 18 digs in the match. Jessi-Beth McCannell (Fr., LB, Brandon, Manitoba) was had double-digit digs totals with 10. It was the twelfth time this season she has netted double-digit dig totals. Slinger was one dig shy of posting her first career double-double as she netted nine digs. Jennifer Janckila (Sr., MB, Appleton, Wis.) and McNeely controlled the net as Janckila recorded a match-high five blocks (1bs-4ba) while McNeely had a career-high with three blocks (0bs-3ba).
Bitter led the Beaver offensive charge for the seventeenth time this season as she posted 38 set assists.
Shea Meyermann was the lone Peacock player to reach double-digit dig totals as she had 11 hitting at a rate of (11k-3e-25at). Dani Coppin had a team-high nine digs in the match while Beth Deutmeyer netted three blocks (1bs-2ba). Keri Vance was the floor general for the Peacocks as she had 35 set assists.
Every set was tightly contested as the biggest lead in any set was five points, when the Beavers held a five point lead three times in the set three. The Beavers committed eight less errors than the Peacocks in the match and that seemed to help push them to the win in the closely contested match.
In set one the Beavers jumped out to a quick 4-2 lead but the Peacocks rallied off the next four points to regain the lead at 6-4. The set continued to go back and fourth but the Beavers would tie the score at 13-13 off a hitting error by the Peacocks Kristy Hinrichs. With the score at 24-22 in favor of the Peacocks the Beavers rattled off the next three points to take a 25-24 lead. BSU kept the lead and eventually won the first set off a kill by Janckila to take a 1-0 lead in the match.
Behind the serving of Bitter in set two the Beavers took a 3-0 lead before the Peacocks got on the board. Upper Iowa tallied seven of the next ten points to take its first lead at 7-6. Once again Upper Iowa had two set points as the Peacocks led 24-22 but the resilient Beavers squad rattled off four straight points behind the serving of McNeely to take the second set 26-24 and a 2-0 lead going into intermission.
The third set was all Bemidji State as the Beavers jumped out to a 8-5 lead and never looked back. The Beavers pushed its lead to as large as five three times and eventually took the set 25-21 and the match 3-0.
The Peacocks fall to 8-7 on the season and 1-4 in the NSIC with the loss this afternoon. The Beavers improve to 8-1 all-time versus Upper Iowa with the win and are 3-0 all-time at the BSU Gymnasium when facing the Peacocks.
Bemidji State (6-11; 2-3 NSIC) will be back in action on Friday, Oct. 3 and Saturday, Oct. 4 as the Beavers will travel to Sioux Falls, S.D. to take on the No. 18 Augustana Vikings at 7 p.m. Friday evening. BSU will wrap up the weekend with a trip to Wayne, Neb. to battle the Wayne State College Wildcats at 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).