|November 01, 2012||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
Turner - 2
Lochner - 2
DULUTH, Minn. (Romano Gymnasium) – The Bemidji State University volleyball team dropped a straight sets match to nationally-ranked University of Minnesota Duluth Thursday 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-15) at Romano Gymnasium in Duluth, Minn.
Senior outside hitter Bethany Thompson (Owatonna, Minn.) continued her quest for 1,000 kills leading the Beavers with 10 kills on 30 attempts. Chelsea Frison (Fr., MB, Whitewater, Wis.) posted five kills on just eight attempts with an error for an impressive .500 hitting percentage, while sophomore setter Courtney Volkmann (Wadena, Minn.) served up 25 assists and a block and Rachel Craig (So., MB, Wadena, Minn.) collected three blocks.
Thompson finished the match with 967 career kills, leaving her 33 short of the 1,000-kill plateau with three regular-season matches remaining on the 2012 schedule.
"It was a tough one for us tonight," said BSU head coach Wayne Chadwick. "Obviously Minnesota Duluth isn't No. 5 by accident. Unfortunately we didn't have a very good defensive outing tonight. Part of that is Duluth and their offensive abilities and part of it was us having a bad defensive night."
Kate Lange paved the way for the UMD victory recording a match-high 15 kills as the No. 5 Bulldogs outhit the Beavers .450 to .152 on the night.
The Beavers jumped out to a 2-1 lead to open the match but a Kelly Niles (So., OH, Grand Rapids, Minn.) attack error would spark a 7-0 run by the Bulldogs and the serving arm of Ashley Hinsch, who registered two other match-high three service during the stretch. The Beavers would never cut the deficit to less than five points as UMD cruised to a 25-13 set one victory.
Minnesota Duluth opened the second set scoring six of the first seven points and forced Chadwick to call an early timeout. BSU would come out of the break to record four of the next seven points and trim the deficit to four points, 9-5, but the Bulldogs would respond with a 6-1 run to stretch it lead to 15-6. BSU would get kills from Craig, Thompson and Frison out of the break, but it was too little, too late as the Bulldogs jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the match with a 25-13 win in set two.
The Beavers and Bulldogs went toe-to-toe in the third set. BSU was poised to seal the set, trailing 13-12 midway through the match thanks to five kills on six swings from Thompson, but the Bulldogs would rattle off eight of the next nine points and would finish the set scoring 13 of the last 16 points to complete the sweep, 25-15.
Alex Peterson (Fr., OH, Harmony, Minn.) , who had only seen playing time in nine matches before Thursday, played throughout all three sets against the high-powered Bulldogs.
"I thought Alex did a nice job after not seeing a lot of playing time this year," said Chadwick. "She did a nice job taking advantage of her opportunity."
Peterson finished the match with a career-best four kills and was second on the Beavers with a .250 hitting percentage on a night where BSU struggled to generate offense.
"It's tough to win games when, in Game 1, we don't a single point on serve and in Game 2, we only scored one or two points on serve," Chadwick said. "Defensively, we have to hang on better than that."
The Beavers fall to 4-20 overall with a 2-15 mark in NSIC play, while the Bulldogs improved to 24-2 on the season and 15-2 in league play. NSIC kills leader Kate Lange, who ranks second in the nation in kills per set, tallied a match-high 15 kills for the Bulldogs.
Bemidji State returns to BSU Gymnasium Saturday to host St. Cloud State University (6-18; 2-14 NSIC). The match, set for a 3 p.m. start, is the Beavers’ final home contest of the 2012 regular 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).