|October 19, 2012||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
- 25||Assists||Van De Steeg
Van De Steeg - 1
Storlie - 7
MANKATO, Minn. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team was unable to put a halt to its month-long losing streak on Friday night on the road against No. 13-ranked Minnesota State University, Mankato, falling 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-13). The Beavers have now dropped 12 consecutive matches dating back to Sept. 14 when they opened NSIC play with a 3-0 with over Minot State University.
The Mavericks were the seventh team on BSU’s schedule that had recognition in the national polls at the time of the match.
In the first set, the Beavers hung tough with highly-regarded MSU in the opening set, jumping out to a 6-2 lead thanks in large part to a pair of service aces by NSIC ace leader Courtney Volkmann (So., S, Wadena, Minn.) and a pair of kills by Bethany Thompson (Sr., OH, Owatonna, Minn.). MSU responded, however, piling up a 7-1 run to take the lead for good. BSU made it a one-point game at 15-14, but that is as close as they would come in a 25-19 loss.
In Game 2, the Mavericks were the ones to jump ahead with some quick points. Minnesota State began the set by taking a 6-1 lead and the Beavers’ attempt at a comeback came up empty. BSU rallied to draw within four at several different points, including 21-17, but MSU was able to ice it by finishing with the final four points in a 25-17 victory.
Just like in the second set, Minnesota State came out firing in the third, earning seven of the game’s first nine points. The Beavers made it close at 10-7, but the Mavericks took control from there. MSU finished out its 15th win of the season win an 18-3 run and a 25-13 third set win.
With 12 kills on the night, Thompson, BSU’s lone senior and team captain, moved into tenth in career kills in program history with 918. She surpassed Kristin Peterson, who registered 917 kills from 2000-03. Volkmann was solid, as well, accounting for 25 assists. Her first-set aces were her 29th and 30th of the season. Courtney Fox (Fr., DS, Hutchinson, Minn.) played well defensively, matching a career-best with 14 digs.
The Beavers schedule doesn’t let up on Saturday, as they complete a string of three consecutive road matches against fourth-ranked and five-time defending national champion Concordia University, St. Paul. Next week, BSU welcomes the University of Mary and Minot State to town for rematches of two road contests in September. Bemidji State’s current losing skid began with a 3-2 comeback win by the Marauders, their first of the season.
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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).