|November 10, 2012||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
DeJong - 1
Ness - 1
Lensing - 1
Olson - 1
Baer - 1
Edgeland - 5
MOORHEAD, Minn. – Bemidji State University volleyball senior captain Bethany Thompson (OH, Owatonna, Minn.) posted a match-high 17 kills to become the ninth player in program history to reach 1,000 career kills in her final collegiate match on the road against Minnesota State University, Moorhead on Saturday. Though the team rebounded from its worst loss of the season on Friday with a much better effort in its season finale, BSU dropped a 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-17) decision to close out 2012.
Thompson finished her final season with 354 kills, the 11th-most in a single season in BSU program history. She had the second-best kills per set and points per set marks in the NSIC on the year, both of which were over four. The loss, which came less than 24 hours after the Beavers recorded a season-low 31 total points against Northern State University while hitting a combined -0.28 percent, gave the team a final record of 4-23 on the season with a 2-18 mark in the NSIC.
“The team played really well around Bethany to give her what she needed (to reach 1,000 kills).” said BSU head coach Wayne Chadwick. “We really worked incredibly hard to make keep balls in play and get her as many swings as possible. It’s really a testament to her that shows how much her teammates appreciate her and respect her.”
The first set was tightly contested and it took a late run by the Dragons for them to avoid falling behind 1-0. After Bemidji State erased an 8-4 deficit at went back and forth with MSUM through the middle of the set, the Beavers conceded 10 of the final 13 points and lost 25-20. Thompson racked up six kills in the set.
Thompson picked up a match-best eight kills in the second set, but a five-point run by MSU Moorhead that broke a 15-15 tie allowed the Dragons to pull away for a 25-19 win and head into the intermission with a 2-0 lead heading into the intermission. Freshman defensive specialist Courtney Fox (Hutchinson, Minn.) racked up 10 digs in the set to carry the defensive effort for BSU.
Bemidji State got off to a rocky start in the third set and trailed 9-3 out of the gate. MSU Moorhead continued to pull away en route to a 25-17 set win to clinch the 3-0 overall win, but Thompson was able to muster the three kills necessary to get to 1,000.
On the afternoon, Fox made a career-high 19 digs, the third-most for a BSU player all season. Fox’s performance topped that of 2012 NSIC Libero of the Year Katy Ness of MSU Moorhead. The NCAA Division II digs leader had 16 on the day. Setter Courtney Volkmann (So., Wadena, Minn.) dished out 33 assists and added an ace while fellow Wadena, Minn. native Rachel Craig (So., MH) led Bemidji State with four total blocks.
“We came out with some energy and some enthusiasm, which was nice to last after last night.” Chadwick said. “That’s been the hallmark of the team throughout the year despite the frustrations and the ups and downs. We always come to the gym ready to work and today was no exception.”
Thirteen of BSU’s 14 players from this season will be eligible to return in 2013 as the team had 12 underclassmen.
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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).