|October 27, 2012||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
Fox - 1
Crawford - 2
Frison - 2
BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University Volleyball team found itself on the losing side again after a 3-0 (25-23, 30-28, 25-19) loss to Minot State University Saturday in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference match. The Beavers now fall to 4-19 overall (2-14 NSIC) while Minot improves to 6-20 overall (2-14 NSIC). The loss brings Bemidji State’s all-time record against its Beaver counterpart to 6-1 dating back to 1977.
Minot started the set off strong with an ace by senior Shari Hewson, one of 11 aces BSU would surrender to the new NSIC opponent in the match. The Beavers traded blows throughout the set, neither team allowing the other to gain an advantage. Both teams endured a grinding set that included a match-high 17 lead changes or ties. Toward the end of the match, BSU found itself behind 22-19 and on the verge of disappointing first set loss, but three straight kills by senior Bethany Thompson (OH, Owatonna, Minn.) evened the score at 22. The Beavers failed to capitalize on the momentum from the strong effort exhibited by Thompson and Minot took three of the last four points to win the first set 25-23.
The second set would be a greater test for the defeated Beavers and would take extra points to decide a victor. After a 4-1 run by Minot to open the set, BSU would have to climb out of another hole to even the scoreboard. With runs of three, four and six Bemidji State took the lead from the fellow Beavers 17-12 before a timeout was called by Minot. After the timeout, Minot State came out and played with more energy and emotion and continued what they started in the first set by battling in a point swapping set. With the score tied 28-28, Minot’s Hewson took control of the set and ended the game with back-to-back aces to win it for the Beavers, 30-28.
BSU came out of the intermission with more emotion and energy and took an early 4-1 lead to start the third set. With all things going Bemidji State’s way, the Beavers took a large 14-8 lead mid way through the set. Minot State answered back, however, by going on five-point run to bring the score to 14-13. Minot State never looked back as they went on to take 12 out of 17 points to win the third and final set 25-19 and completed the sweep against its Beaver counterpart.
Bemidji State was lead by Thompson who tallied 15 kills on 31 total attacks and had a hitting percentage of .419. She was assisted by setter Courtney Volkmann (So., Wadena, Minn.) who had 29 assists in the match. The Beavers’ attack was complimented by sophomore Kelsi Crawford (OH, Wadena, Minn.), who totaled nine kills, and freshman Chelsea Frison (MB, Whitewater, Wis.) who added five.
Bemidji State travels to the University of Minnesota Duluth to face the Bulldogs in a mid-week NSIC matchup on Thursday, Nov. 1. The match will be followed by another NSIC competition at the BSU Gymnasium on Saturday vs. St. Cloud State. Minot looks to face Northern State University at home for a mid-week matchup before traveling to Minnesota State University Moorhead to face the Dragons on Saturday.
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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).