|November 03, 2012||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|St. Cloud State||25||25||25||3|
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BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team was unable to defeat St. Cloud State University in its final home match of the season on Saturday afternoon, falling to the Huskies 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-18) at the BSU Gymnasium. The loss dropped the Beavers to 4-21 (2-16 NSIC) on the season and SCSU’s win was its second in a row after the team dropped eight straight.
Senior Bethany Thompson (OH, Owatonna, Minn.) posted her eighth double-double of the season, registering match-highs with 11 kills and 12 digs in her final home match as a Beaver. She brought her career-best season kill total to 332 and she is now 22 kills shy of becoming the ninth BSU player to reach 1,000 in a career.
After Thompson kicked off the match with a kill, the Huskies answered right back with three points in a row to attain a lead they would not relinquish. The Beavers rallied to once again make the first set a one-point contest, but SCSU went on a four-point run that began when the score was 13-12 to pull away. BSU went on a 6-2 run toward the end, but Jordan Hansen capped a 25-20 St. Cloud win with a clinching kill.
Bemidji State came out strong in the second set and was poised to win until SCSU capitalized on some timely serves late to pull off a comeback. Down 12-11, BSU went on a five-point run led by two service aces from Courtney Fox (Fr., DS, Hutchinson). With the Beavers up 19-14, St. Cloud quickly began to chip away with a five-point run with Erin Ohlemann behind the service line. Ohlemann posted three straight aces. The Beavers were able to retain a 21-19 lead, but the Huskies grabbed six of the next eight points to eke out a 25-23 win.
Following the intermission, BSU could not keep pace defensively with St. Cloud and SCSU took advantage to earn the win. After beginning the set with a 6-2 deficit to overcome, Bemidji State pulled closer, but the Huskies thwarted the Beavers’ comeback attempt with a late stretch of seven points to put the set and the match out of reach for the home squad. St. Cloud capped BSU’s home season by taking the final set, 25-18.
The Beavers had some strong individual performances outside Thompson, the team’s lone senior and team captain. Fox, who served as the team’s libero, had a career-high three aces and chipped in nine digs, while Chelsea Frison (Fr., MH, Whitewater, Wis.) racked up a career-best five total blocks in addition to five kills. Sophomore middle Rachel Craig (Wadena, Minn.) also stood out with seven kills and four blocks, two of which were of the solo variety. Setter Courtney Volkmann dished out 22 assists and tallied seven digs.
The loss to St. Cloud was BSU’s first in five meetings, dating back almost four calendar years to Nov. 8, 2008. Third-year BSU head coach Wayne Chadwick’s ledger against the Huskies dipped to 2-1 and SCSU is now 42-20 against the Beavers all-time.
Bemidji State, who will not qualify for the eight-team NSIC postseason tournament, wraps up its 2012 campaign with a pair of road matches next weekend. The Beavers will take on Northern State University on Friday before heading to Minnesota State University, Moorhead the following day. BSU began the month of October with a 3-0 loss to the Dragons and a 3-1 loss to the Wolves.
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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).