|October 26, 2012||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
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BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University volleyball team defeated the University of Mary Marauders Friday night, 3-0 (25-22, 26-24, 25-22), in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference match. The win ended the second-longest losing streak in Bemidji State's volleyball history and was the first win at home for the Beavers. The Beavers improve to 4-18 overall (2-13 NSIC) while the Marauders dropped to 3-19 overall (3-12 NSIC).
The contest was a rematch of a tough loss the Beavers suffered at Bismarck, N.D., 3-2 (25-18, 25-14, 16-25, 17-25, 14-16) on Sept. 15. The night also was Senior Night for the Bemidji State volleyball team, in which lone senior Bethany Thompson (OH, Owatonna, Minn.) was honored.
BSU started the night with a hard-fought match, which included four lead changes and nine ties. The Beavers started the scoring off of a hard kill by sophomore Rachel Craig (MB, Wadena, Minn.). U-Mary answered back with kills of its own by Morgan Drake and Paige Smith. The Beavers and the Marauders went back and forth the entire match, where both teams survived runs of three and four by the opposition. BSU proved to strong and outlasted the Marauders and took the first set 25-22 off of a game-clinching kill by sophomore Courtney Volkmann (S, Wadena, Minn.).
The second set was a lot more competitive for the Beavers, needing extra points to decide a winner. BSU endured the enhanced energy by U-Mary and took the crucial second set 26-24. The match started well for the Beavers, playing to a 5-1 lead for the first five points. The Marauders then looked to even the score by winning nine out of 15 points and suddenly the scoreboard showed an even 10-10 tie. The rest of the match reminisced the previous match, where both teams struggled to pull away from the other, swapping points to a 24-24 tie. BSU managed to claim the second set by winning the last two points by kills from Kelly Niles (So., OH, Grand Rapids, Minn.) and Chelsea Frison (Fr., MB, Whitewater, Wis.).
With all the momentum in hand, BSU looked to complete its first three-game sweep at home. The third set didn’t come any easier than the first two, enduring 12 different lead changes or ties of its own. The Beavers persevered through the tough battle between fellow NSIC foe U-Mary, and won the final set with a score of 25-22. Displaying one of the season’s best performances, the Beavers attacked with a hitting percentage of .280 and defended the Marauders attacks holding them to a .181 hitting percentage.
BSU was led by Thompson, who compiled 17 kills on 39 total attacks (.359). Thompson was assisted by Volkmann who totaled 32 assists on the night with 12 digs and five kills. Also, contributing to the Beavers attack were Kelsi Crawford (So., OH, Wadena, Minn.) who tallied seven kills and Craig, who tallied six.
The Beavers now look to face Minot State (5-20, 1-14 NSIC) on Saturday at the BSU Gymnasium. Minot comes off of a loss from Minnesota, Crookston, 3-0 in Crookston.
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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).