BURNSVILLE, Minn. – Bemidji State University volleyball senior Bethany Thompson (OH, Owatonna, Minn.) was named to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference All-Conference Second Team, as announced by the league office on Wednesday. The selection is the first for the accomplished outside hitter and the second under third-year Beaver head coach Wayne Chadwick. Thompson was one of 34 players selected to either take home first- or second-team honors.
Nicole Olson was the last Beaver to be picked to an all-league team when she garnered her second career honorable mention nod in 2010, Chadwick’s first season with the team.
With two matches remaining on the schedule this season, Thompson has lived up to the 2012 NSIC Player to Watch recognition she received in August before the season started. The Owatonna native has posted a career-best 332 kills. Her 4.05 kills per set and 4.43 points per set both rank her second in the league and she has accomplished the feat despite other teams being able to game plan for her—her 12.44 attacks per game are 0.53 more than any player in the league and her 1,020 total attacks are 586 more than any other player on Bemidji State.
Thompson’s 201 digs are second on BSU and her 27 total blocks and 14 service aces rank her third on the squad. If she can muster 22 kills this weekend against Northern State University and Minnesota State, Moorhead, she will become the ninth player in program history to reach 1,000 career kills. Thompson is 24 kills away from making the top-10 list for most in a single season at BSU. She is the 25th Bemidji State volleyball player to receive All-NSIC recognition all-time and the 13th player listed as an outside hitter receive the honor in program history.
The all-conference selection for Thompson adds to her 2011 Fall Academic All-NSIC Team honor and four career BSU Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week picks, two of which came in 2012. She was also named the all-tournament team at the UMD Volleyball Classic in Duluth, Minn. September.
Kate Lange of the University of Minnesota Duluth, who lead the NSIC in kills, was named the league’s Player of the Year while NCAA Division II digs leader Katy Ness was given the honor of the conference’s top libero. The NSIC Freshman of the Year award was given to Emilee Gutzmer of top-ranked Southwest Minnesota State University. Gutzmer’s coach, Terry Culhane, received the distinction of the NSIC’s Coach of the Year in his ninth 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).