|October 12, 2012||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|SW Minnesota State||25||25||25||3|
Crawford - 5
Thompson - 1
Volkmann - 1
Fox - 5
BEMIDJI, Minn. — The Bemidji Sate University volleyball team fell to No. 2 Southwest Minnesota State University, 3-0 (25-12, 25-11, 25-16) in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference match Friday at the BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers are 3-14 overall (1-9 NSIC) while the Mustangs improve to 17-1 overall (9-1 NSIC). The defeat also marks the ninth consecutive loss for the Beavers.
The Beavers started off competitive in the first set, grinding to an even 4-4 score with the Mustangs, but that was as close as the Beavers would come to the Mustangs. Going on an eight-point run, the Mustangs distanced themselves from the Beavers showing why they are one of the top ranked teams in the nation. Southwest Minnesota State finished the first set on a 7-2 run, winning 25-12.
BSU started strong in the second set and grabbed an early 2-0 lead, but the Mustangs answered quickly going on a four point run to take the lead 4-2. SMSU never looked back from there on, going on runs of three, four, and seven through out the game. The Mustangs finished strong ending the game by scoring 22 of the last 25 points to win the second set, 25-11.
Looking to win the third set quickly, the Mustangs jumped to a 7-1 lead before a timeout was called by Bemidji State head coach Wayne Chadwick. Off of the timeout Southwest Minnesota State took 13 out of 21 points to take a large 20-9 lead. Bemidji State looked to close the gap by going on three and four point runs of their own. But in the end the Mustangs proved too great of an opponent and took the third and final set 25-16.
The Beavers were led by Bethany Thompson (Sr., OH, Owatonna, Minn.) and Kelsi Crawford (So., OH, Wadena, Minn.) each with five kills. Sophomore Courtney Volkmann (So., S, Wadena, Minn.) picked up 14 assists on the night and freshman Chelsea Frison (Fr., MB, Whitewater, Wis.) led the Beavers in attacking percentage (.333) while also picking up three blocks.
The Mustangs were led by Brooke Burmeister who racked up three aces on the night to go along with 11 kills. Burmeister was complimented by the NSIC assists leader, freshman Devin Diedrich who tallied 26 assists on the night.
The Beavers look to rebound at home against a first-time NSIC opponent, University of Sioux Falls, at 4 p.m. Saturday. BSU then starts a three game road trip beginning at University of Minnesota, Crookston in a NSIC conference match Tuesday.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).