|October 20, 2012||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
Crawford - 7
Christensen - 6
Staskivige - 6
Thompson - 1
Niles - 1
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Bemidji State University volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (25-9, 25-21, 29-27) match to fourth-ranked Concordia University-St. Paul on Saturday to end a string of three NSIC road matches in the last week. The Beavers have now dropped 13 consecutive matches dating back to Sept. 14 when they kicked off league play with a 3-0 win over Minot State University.
The Golden Bears were the eighth team on BSU’s schedule that had recognition in the national polls at the time of the match and third team in the top-15 in an eight-day span.
In the first set, CU established its dominance early by beginning the match on a 9-1 run. The Beavers began to rally and inched closer on the scoreboard by making it 14-8 at one point, but couldn’t draw any closer. Concordia-St. Paul completed a 25-9 win with an impressive 11-1 run. Bemidji State’s nine points in the game was the least the team recorded in a set all season.
Bemidji State was much more competitive in the second set and got started by taking leads of 5-3 and 6-4. CU pushed back to go ahead 10-7, but BSU stayed competitive in the match by knotting the score up at 12. From there the Golden Bears used a four-point run to create separation and was able to thwart a Beaver comeback attempt. Bemidji State more than doubled its total from the first set, but came up short in a 25-21 final.
The third set was even tighter than the one that preceded it, as BSU kept it close from start to finish. Neither team scored more than three points in a row and extra points were needed for CU to secure the victory. The Beavers owned the biggest lead of the set at 19-16, but could not hold on as the Golden Bears went on to eke out a 29-27 triumph. For Concordia-St. Paul, it was the 24 straight set win and it capped the team’s eighth victory in a row.
Concordia-St. Paul, the five-time defending NCAA Division II champion, succeeded in limiting BSU’s offense. Kelsi Crawford and (So., OH, Wadena, Minn.) and Bethany Thompson (Sr., OH, Owatonna, Minn.) led the Beavers with seven kills apiece, one day after Thompson recorded 12 kills to move into the program’s top-ten all-time in that category. With six matches remaining, the team’s lone senior and team captain has 925 career kills.
Courtney Volkmann (So., S, Wadena, Minn.) put up 25 assists and tied Elissa Christensen (So., Lib., Montevideo, Minn.) and Halee Staskivige (Jr., DS, Northwood, N.D.) for the team lead in digs with six. Staskivige also had a career-high three service aces.
After three straight road matches in the last five days, 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, UM’s 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).