BEMIDJI, Minn. – Last week, the Bemidji State University volleyball team held its annual alumni game and season banquet in the Beaver Pride Room at the BSU Physical Education Complex. Fourteen Beaver volleyball alumni attended the event to face the current team and watch rising fourth-year head coach Wayne Chadwick present the team’s 2012 season award winners.
Bethany Thompson (Sr., OH, Owatonna, Minn.), Courtney Fox (Fr., DS, Hutchinson, Minn.), and Chelsea Frison (Fr., MH, Whitewater, Wis.) of the 2012 squad were each honored at the banquet. Among the alumni at the event were: Maureen Tischer (McCartney), Amanda Klein (Daninger), Peggy Hammel-Moran, Sarah Lundbohm-Dryburgh, Alicia Kriens (Beaman), Kelly Ellich (Piper), and Kristine Hochbaum (Engman), each of whom earned at least three varsity letters with the green and white.
Thompson was named the team’s Offensive Player of the Year. The All-NSIC Second Team selction and two-time Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week in 2012 finished the season with 354 kills, the 11th-most in program history. The Owatonna, Minn. native was second in the NSIC with 4.02 kills per set and was third in the conference with 4.39 points per set. Those numbers put her at 18th and 27th in the nation, respectively.
Other teams’ defense keyed in on her as she attempted 656 more attacks than any other BSU player and averaged more than half an attack per set more than any other NSIC player. Despite this, Thompson still managed to reach 1,000 career kills in her final match.
Fox garnered Defensive Player of the Year accolades after a noteworthy freshman season with the Beavers. The Hutchinson, Minn. native improved as the season went along and saw her role on the court increase, eventually earning some time as the team’s libero. Like Thompson, Fox hit a personal milestone in the teams final contest, reeling off a season-high 19 digs to pass 200 for the year. With seven games with double-digit digs, she reached 201 on the season. Fox was also second on BSU with 17 service aces.
Frison capped the awards by taking home the team’s Most Improved Player Award. Frison, who was injured to start the season, was thrown right into the mix, joining Rachel Craig (So., MH, Wadena, Minn.) as one of the team’s go-to players in the middle. Frison finished second to Craig on the team with 35 blocks, including six of the solo variety. She also had 87 kills.
The Beavers finished the season with a 4-23 record, including a 2-18 mark in NSIC play. Thompson was the team’s lone senior on a BSU team that had six freshmen and six sophomores.
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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).