MANKATO, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University volleyball team hung with nationally-ranked Minnesota State University, Mankato for nearly three sets, but the Mavericks pulled way to take the match 3-1 (25-19, 23-25, 25-19, 25-15). The Beavers fall to 4-9 (1-4 NSIC) with Friday’s loss. No. 14 Minnesota State improves to 9-3 (2-2 NSIC).
“Tonight we were finally able to string a couple of different components together and it showed,” said head coach Wayne Chadwick. “We had strong serving and played a very solid game defensively. Laura Carlson played an outstanding game for us. She single handedly kept us in a couple of the games. It was a good night for us but ultimately we let Minnesota State go on too many runs and it showed with the end result.”
Bethany Thompson (Jr., OH, Owatonna, Minn.) led the Beavers with 10 kills, while Laura Carlson (Jr., Lib., Hutchinson, Minn.) collected 23 digs in the match. The Beavers had 63 digs in the match. Thompson and freshman Courtney Volkmann (S, Wadena, Minn.) each added 10 digs. Rachel Craig (Fr., MB, Wadena, Minn.) paced BSU on the block with two solo blocks and four block assists. BSU struggled offensively hitting only .040 for the match with 34 kills and 28 errors due to strong defensive play by the Mavericks.
Jessi-Beth McCannell (Sr., S, Brandon, Manitoba) had 28 assists for the Beavers.
Elissa Christensen (Fr., DS, Montevideo, Minn.) tied the school record for service aces in four games with 7. Her mark also places second for service aces overall in the BSU record book.
Minnesota State hit .200 for the match. Two different players tallied double-double’s for the Mavericks with Jenna McNallan’s double-15 kills and 19 digs. McNallan hit .303 for the match. Chelsea Fogarty also tallied a double-double with 18 kills and 17 assists. Setter Brittany Stamer tallied 52 assists for Minnesota State in four games.
Defensively, the Mavericks tallied 77 digs in the four games. McNallan and Fogarty led the charge along with libero Alli Rice’s 15 digs.
The second game for Bemidji State marked the fourth set Bemidji State has taken from a ranked opponent under Chadwick. The Beavers won two sets against ranked University of Minnesota Duluth teams last season and one from No. 12 Minnesota State last season.
Bemidji State falls to 30-18 all-time against Minnesota State University.
BSU will continue a tough road stretch at No. 7 Southwest Minnesota State University at 3 p.m. in Marshall, Minn. The match will mark the third-straight game for the Beavers against a ranked foe after playing No. 5 Minnesota Duluth on Tuesday and No. 14 Minnesota State tonight.