Beavers bitten by No. 18 Minnesota Duluth
Saturday, October 25, 2008

DULUTH, Minn. (Romano Gymnasium) - The Bemidji State University volleyball team dropped its eighth consecutive match at Romano Gymnasium in Duluth, Minn. Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs earned the season sweep over Bemidji State by scores of (25-7, 25-11, 25-13).

Errors and hitting was the big difference between Minnesota Duluth and Bemidji State this afternoon. Bemidji State hit below .100 for the seventh consecutive match hitting just .042 (20k-17e-71at) while committing 30 errors in the match. Minnesota Duluth hit a sizzling .580 (46k-6e-69at) committing just 11 errors.

Bemidji State was led by Nicole Olson (So., MB, Baudette, Minn.) for the seventh time this season as she hammered down eight kills. Jennifer Janckila (Sr., MB, Appleton, Wis.) and Courtney Bitter (Fr., S, Bemidji, Minn.) each tallied three kills in the match for the Beavers.

Bitter led the Beavers on the defensive side of the ball with three digs. The Bemidji, Minn. native also led the Beaver offensive charge for the 25th time this season as she posted 17 set assists.

The Bulldogs had a very balanced offensive attack as Lindsey Clairmont led UMD with a match-high 10 kills while hitting .833 (10k-0e-12at) in the match. April Hansen spiked down nine kills while Jamie Lakatos had eight kills in the match. Rachel Jacobson recorded a match-high 10 digs on the defensive side of the ball while Katie Gangelhoff had 40 assists.

The Beavers struggled with the serving of Minnesota Duluth as the Bulldogs recorded seven services aces in the match. Gangelhoff recorded three of the Bulldogs aces while Hannah Johnson served up two aces in the match. For just the second time this season the Beavers were held with zero ace serves.

With the loss the Beavers fall to 9-86-1 all-time versus Minnesota Duluth. With the win the Bulldogs earn a season series sweep over the Beavers. Minnesota Duluth extends its win streak to nineteen over the Beavers.

Bemidji State (6-19; 2-11 NSIC) will return home next weekend for two Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference matches. On Friday, Oct. 31, the Beavers will welcome the Mavericks from Minnesota State to the BSU Gymnasium for a 7 p.m. affair followed by a 4 p.m. match with Southwest Minnesota State on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).