October 19, 20131st2nd3rdFinal
Minot State2825253
Bemidji State2621210
.227Hitting Pct..169
141Total Attacks124
Dixon - 16
KillsCraig - 10
Byrne - 49
AssistsVolkmann - 26
Butters - 1
Dixon - 1
AcesVolkmann - 2
Heavenor - 20
DigsFox - 11
Wingo - 3
BlocksFrison - 5
Bemidji State falls to Minot State, 3-0
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Bemidji State falls to Minot State, 3-0

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University volleyball team lost to Minot State University Saturday, 3-0. BSU drops to 5-14 overall and 1-10 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action while Minot State improves to 8-12 overall and 4-12 in conference play.

BSU did have a couple standout performances from Rachel Craig (MB, 6-2, Jr., Wadena, Minn.), who posted 10 kills and hit .364 for the match, and Courtney Volkmann (S, 5-7, Jr., Wadena, Minn.) totaled 26 assists, nine digs, six kills, two blocks and a couple service aces.

The first stanza was a back-and-forth battle as there were seven lead changes. There were 15 instances in the first set alone that the score was tied. It was no surprise that the set needed to go a few extra points to decide a winner. With the score tied at 26, Minot State tallied two kills when it mattered most taking the first frame 28-26. Craig led the BSU with five of her 10 kills coming in the opening set.

In the second set, Bemidji State could not get its offense going as it hit a match-low .103. Minot State had an excellent game defensively, as it dug up 21 of BSU’s 39 attack opportunities. Even with MISU’s stingy defense Bemidji State had an opportunity to win the second frame. BSU trimmed the deficit to 23-20 with a Chelsea Frison (MB, 6-1, So., Whitewater, Wis.) kill, but Minot State scored two of the next three points to take the second set, 25-21.

Bemidji State had to battle back after getting down early in the third frame, 15-8. BSU rebounded with a 11-6 run to make the score 21-19. Unfortunately for Bemidji State, Minot State scored four of the next six points to take the set 25-21.

Bemidji State continues to improve on the defensive side of the ball with 55 digs in the match, which averages out to about 18 per set. BSU also out-blocked MISU 8-3.

Bemidji State will return home Tuesday as it takes on Highway 2 rival, University of Minnesota Crookston. UMC is coming into the match playing well as it has won four of its past five matches. The Golden Eagles defeated the Beavers earlier this year in Crookston, Minn., 3-2. Tuesday’s match begins at 7 p.m.

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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).