|September 07, 2013||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
Maniaci - 5
|September 07, 2013||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team concluded the Maryville Tournament this afternoon with an overall record of 2-2. Today, the Beavers lost to Maryville University, 3-1, but rebounded to sweep St. Ambrose University, 3-0.
The Beavers jumped out to a quick 8-4 lead on the Saints in the first set of the day thanks to two kills a piece from freshmen Amanda Tronick (OH, 6-1, Fr., Hutchinson, Minn.) and Jessica Yost (OH, 6-3, Fr., Bemidji, Minn.). The Saints came back with a 7-2 run to take the lead on the Beavers 11-10. BSU made a run of its own to tie the score at 18 with block assists by Rachel Craig (MB, 6-2, Jr., Wadena, Minn.) and Courtney Volkmann (S, 5-7, Jr., Wadena, Minn.). Continuing the theme from Saturday’s match between these two teams, the set went down to the wire, with the Beavers earning a 27-25 victory.
BSU struggled on the attack in the second set hitting just .065 (9K-6E-46TA). The Beavers handed the Saints 12 points in the 25-19 set, committing nine attacking errors and three setting errors.
In the third and fourth sets, BSU’s hitting struggles continued. The attack percentages for both sets were below .200 (.156 in third, .174 in fourth). The Saints put two solid sets in which they hit with percentages of .364 in the third and .316 in the fourth committing a total of just seven errors in the final two sets.
Maryville took the final two sets, 25-20 and 25-22, to complete the comeback and earn the 3-1 match victory.
“We really struggled with our ball placement in games two through four which made our setters’ and hitters’ jobs much more difficult.” said BSU head coach Wayne Chadwick.
Volkmann continued to have an outstanding tournament, turning in a double-double with 40 assists and 18 digs. Yost and Tronick were the main hitters for the BSU offense, totaling 15 and 17 kills, respectively.
BSU was in control of match two from the very beginning. In the first set, SAU could not get together any sustainable runs. The two squads were tied 2-2, but SAU had a service error and the Beavers did not give up the lead again in the set. BSU stretched its lead to as many as 10 points and won the set by that margin: 25-15.
The second set was much more competitive than the first. SAU and BSU were tied 17-17 when the Beavers went on a 8-1 run sparked by a kill by junior Kristen Thingvold (OH, 5-11, Crystal, Minn.). The Beavers would go on to take a 2-0 lead with a 25-18 set win.
In what proved to be the third and final set, the Beavers had a performance very similar to their one in the first set. The offensive ball got rolling with sophomore Kayla DeJong (DS, 5-8, Jefferson, Wis.) having three service aces in four tries that open BSU’s lead to 7-2. SAU never got closer than four points the rest of the set. BSU won the second match by eleven points 25-14.
“We played very well,” said Chadwick. “We regained the ball control that we had last night in the win against Maryville.”
BSU’s key to success in this match was a balanced offensive attack. Five players had at least six kills and no player had more than nine. Chelsea Frison (MB, 6-1, So., Whitewater, Wis.) led the team with nine.
The Beavers had quite a few players that had a good tournament, but none stood out more that Volkmann. In the four games she had 21 kills, 149 assists, 8 service aces, and 45 digs. Freshmen Tronick and Yost also had good weekends in their collegiate debuts. Tronick (51) and Yost (46) are No. 1 and No. 2 on the team so far in kills and kills/set. Volkmann and Tronick were both named to the 2013 Maryville Classic All-Tournament team.
The BSU volleyball team will return to action Sept. 13-14 in another nonconference tournament in Marquette, Mich. The tournament, hosted by Northern Michigan University, will feature four matches. BSU will open the event at 8 a.m. against the hosting Wildcats before a 2 p.m. match versus Quincy University. The Beavers will wrap up the tournament battling Michigan Technological University at 8 a.m. and Lake Superior State University at 2 p.m. Saturday.