|October 06, 2012||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
Campbell - 2
Fox - 2
BEMIDJI, Minn. - In a more spirited effort displayed than in its previous match, the Bemidji State University volleyball team fell 3-1 (25-19, 25-18, 22-25, 25-15) in an NSIC contest to Northern State University at the BSU Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon. The loss was Bemidji State’s eighth in a row and dropped the team’s season record to 3-13 with a 1-8 mark in conference play.
“This was one of our better matches in awhile,” said BSU head coach Wayne Chadwick. “I thought we did a really good job taking care of the ball and being smart offensively.”
Northern State jumped out to a 1-0 lead by taking the first set 25-19. After falling behind quickly 7-2, Bemidji State exchanged rallies with the Wolves until NSU was able to finish the game by taking five out of the last six points. Similarly in the second set, Northern State jumped out to a quick lead before the Beavers answered with a run to bring the set to within three points, but the Wolves were able to distance themselves and take a 25-18 win and pull ahead by two.
After allowing Northern State to control the beginning of the first two games, BSU came out strong in the third set to take a pair of six-point leads at 13-7 and 16-10. NSU rallied to make it a close 25-22 final, but the Beavers never trailed in securing their first home set win of the season in their fifth match at the BSU Gymnasium. Senior Bethany Thompson (OH, Owatonna, Minn.) led the way with five kills in the game.
Unlike in the third set, BSU was unable to find its groove at the beginning of the fourth set, falling behind 10-3. The Beavers tried to inch their way back into it with two three-point runs, but the early deficit was too much to overcome as the Wolves finished off the 3-1 win with a 25-15 victory in the fourth game.
Thompson tied a match-high with 16 kills and now has 194 on the year. With 869 kills in her career, the senior captain is 48 kills shy of cracking the program’s top-ten list in that category. She also had 10 digs in the match to secure her team-leading seventh double-double of the season.
In addition to solid play out of Thompson, Chelsea Frison (Fr., MH, Whitewater, Wis.) matched a career-high with three total blocks, Courtney Volkmann (So., S, Wadena, Minn.) chipped in 35 assists, and Courtney Fox (Fr., DS, Hutchinson, Minn.) made an appearance as the team’s libero and registered a BSU-high 12 digs. Volkmann and Fox also each posted a pair of service aces.
“We did a good job of taking advantage of what Northern State was giving us,” Chadwick said after his team showed improvement from a 3-0 loss to Minnesota State University, Moorhead on Friday night. “This was a good match for us. We can build on this and move forward.”
The Beavers wrap up a four-match homestand next weekend when second-ranked Southwest Minnesota State University comes to town on Friday and the University of Sioux Falls makes its inaugural visit to BSU as a member of the NSIC the following afternoon. The squad will then begin a three-game road swing after two days off with a rematch against the University of Minnesota, Crookston.