Beavers close season at home against (20) Mavericks and (9) Mustangs
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Beavers close season at home against (20) Mavericks and (9) Mustangs

Weekly Capsule
Friday

Opponent: (20) Minnesota State University, Mankato (18-8, 11-7 NSIC)
Time: 7 p.m.
Video: NMTV
Live Stats: http://www.bsubeavers.com/media/livestats/volleyball/xlive.htm
Location: Bemidji, Minn.
MSU Player to Watch: Jr., OH 1 Chelsea Fogarty (4.01 k/game)

Weekly Capsule
Saturday

Opponent: (9) Southwest Minnesota State University (11-15, 5-11 NSIC)
Time: 3 p.m.
Video: NMTV
Live Stats: http://www.bsubeavers.com/media/livestats/volleyball/xlive.htm
Location: Bemidji, Minn.
SMSU Player to Watch: Jr., OH 13 Brooke Burmeister (4.64 k/game)

The Bemidji State University volleyball team hosts No. 20 Minnesota State University and No. 9 Southwest Minnesota State University in the final two homes matches of the season this weekend at BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers will look to give a senior send-off to Kimberly Hacker (MB/RS, Hutchinson, Minn.) and Jessi-Beth McCannell (S, Brandon, Manitoba) as they wrap up their careers at BSU this weekend.

BSU comes into the weekend with a 6-20 (3-15 NSIC) record and currently finds itself in 12th place in the NSIC standings. Bethany Thompson (Jr., OH, Owatonna, Minn.) leads the Beavers on the attack with 269 kills (2.99 k/set). Thompson is averaging a double-double of 14.6 kills and 10.2 digs in her last five matches. She is joined up front by Rachel Craig (Fr., MB, Wadena, Minn.). Craig has 163 kills in her first season with BSU and is currently hitting .227. At setter, McCannell comes in averaging 7.97 assists per set while her future replacement Courtney Volkmann (Fr., Wadena, Minn.) is averaging 1.61 assists per set and tallied a career-high 21 assists last Friday against MSU Moorhead.

Defensively, Elissa Christensen (Fr., Lib., Montevideo, Minn.) has emerged in her first season after walking on to the BSU program. Christensen is averaging 15.6 digs per set in her last five matches including a career-high 24 digs Saturday against University of Minnesota, Crookston.
   
Scouting The Opponent

Minnesota State
The No. 20 Minnesota State Mavericks enter the weekend with an 18-8 (11-7 NSIC) record after picking up two wins at home against University of Mary and Northern State University. Minnesota State is led offensively by junior outside hitter Chelsea Fogarty’s 4.01 kills per set. Fogarty is hitting .217 on the season. She is joined up front by middle blocker Jill Storlie, who is averaging 3.38 kills and 1.11 blocks per set. At setter, senior Brittany Stamer is averaging 11.50 assists per set and has helped the Mavericks to a .207 hitting percentage as a team.

Defensively, Minnesota State has three players averaging over three digs per set led by Stamer’s 3.82 digs per set. Stamer is joined by Fogarty (3.27 d/set) and Alli Rice (3.78 d/set)

Southwest Minnesota State
The No. 9 Southwest Minnesota State Mustangs come into the weekend with a 21-6 (15-3 NSIC) record. The Mustangs are on a seven-match winning streak with their last loss coming to then-No. 1 Concordia University, St. Paul Oct. 15. Southwest Minnesota State has a balanced offensive attack led by Mary Groth and Brooke Burmeister. Groth comes in averaging 4.21 kills per set while Burmeister is averaging 4.64 kills per set. At setter, Cara Carson is averaging 12.62 assists per set and has helped the Mustangs to a .252 hitting percentage on the season.

Defensively, Rachel Westby leads the team with 4.24 digs per set.

Minnesota State
Minnesota State leads the all-time series 29-18. The Mavericks have won the last nine matches with BSU’s last win coming Sept. 13, 1997.

Southwest Minnesota State
Southwest Minnesota State leads the all-time series 54-31. The Mustangs have captured the last 15 matches against the Beavers with BSU’s last win coming Oct. 18, 2003.

Senior Day
Kimberly Hacker
(MB/RS, Hutchinson, Minn.) and Jessi-Beth McCannell (S, Brandon, Manitoba) will both conclude their careers with the BSU volleyball program this weekend. The pair of seniors has each been with the program for the last four years under current coach Wayne Chadwick and former coach Laurie Bitter. McCannell currently ranks ninth all-time on the BSU assist charts. Hacker has amassed over 400 kills and 100 blocks in her career at BSU.

Freshman Watch
Freshman Rachel Craig (MB, Wadena, Minn.) has started all 26 matches this season for BSU. Wadena-Deer Creek High School teammate Kelsi Crawford (OH/DS) and Kelly Niles (OH, Grand Rapids, Minn.) have started 17 matches apiece this year. Courtney Volkmann (S/DS, Wadena, Minn.) and Elissa Christensen (Lib., Montevideo, Minn.) have each started the last nine matches for BSU with Christensen serving as the libero.

Miss Versatility
Coach Wayne Chadwick knew he could count on Bethany Thompson (Jr., OH, Owatonna, Minn.) on the offensive end after her first two year’s but this season Thompson has picked up her defensive numbers. Thompson not only leads the team in kills (269) but is also the active leader on the team in digs (217). Thompson leads the team with six double-doubles on the season. Her last double-double came with 14 kills and 18 digs in BSU's 3-1 victory over St. Cloud State.

Losing Streak Snapped
The Bemidji State Beavers snapped their 10-match losing streak with a 3-1 victory over St. Cloud State University Oct. 22. The Beavers have won two of their last three matches and will look to continue their winning ways against MSU Moorhead and Minnesota, Crookston.

Walk-on Success

Elissa Christensen (Fr., Lib., Montevideo, Minn.) and Leigh Peterson (Jr., DS, Deer River, Minn.) were two of five walk-ons to join the team prior to the start of the season. Christensen and Peterson have now earned starting roles as Christensen is the starting libero and Peterson is starting on BSU's back line. Christensen is averaging 13.4 digs since taking the libero role over eight games ago against Winona State and also leads the team with 21 service aces. Peterson has also found success. The junior has started the last eight matches for BSU and has tallied three double-figure digs performances including 11 digs versus MSU Moorhead, 10 digs against St. Cloud State and 13 digs versus University of Mary.

McCannell Watch
Jessi-Beth McCannell (Sr., S, Brandon, Manitoba) came into the season ranked in the top 10 for assists. McCannell has now moved up to No. 9 all-time with a total of 1,751 surpassing Kristy Grann. She needs 164 assists to move past Courtney Bitter at No. 8

1. Mary Gergen    4,629 (1986-89)
2. Michele Dinius    4,126 (1995-99)
3. Jean Musgjerd    3,558 (1981-84)
4. Kristin Smith    3,208 (2001-04)
5. Alicia Beaman    2,503 (2004-08)
6. Amy Soehren    2,341 (1992-95)
7. Jill Amundson    1,928 (1998-01)
8. Coutney Bitter    1,915 (2008-09)
9. Jessi-Beth McCannell    1,751 (2008-Pr)
10. Kristy Grann    1,343 (1990-91)

DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Bethany Thompson

Sept. 10 (Upper Iowa) - 11 kills, 10 digs
Sept. 13 (U-Mary) - 15 kills, 13 digs
Sept. 17 (Minnesota, Crookston) - 10 kills, 10 digs
Sept. 20 (Minnesota State) - 10 kills, 10 digs
Oct. 1 (Wayne State) - 13 kills, 13 digs
Oct. 22 (St. Cloud State) - 14 kills, 18 digs
Jessi-Beth McCannell
Sept. 13 (U-Mary) - 45 assists, 10 digs
Sept. 30 (Augustana) - 37 assists, 16 digs
Oct. 1 (Wayne State) - 22 assists, 19 digs
Oct. 22 (St. Cloud State) - 40 assists, 10 digs
Oct. 29 (Northern State) - 27 assists, 10 digs
Kelly Niles
Sept. 9 (Winona State) - 12 kills, 10 digs
Kelsi Crawford
Sept. 3 (Sioux Falls) - 17 kills, 10 digs

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