|September 05, 2014||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
Lake Superior State
Jen Marren - 1
|September 05, 2014||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
- 17||Kills||Aubrey Ficek
- 47||Assists||Rosie Aumann
- 4||Aces||Aubrey Ficek
- 14||Digs||Jacqueline Aird
Tronick - 2
Stephanie Dietrich - 2
HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team opened the 2014 campaign with a split at the Keweenaw Classic. The Beavers upended Lake Superior State, 3-0, before falling to host school Michigan Technological University, 3-1, in their second tilt.
Lake Superior State match recap: Bemidji State cruised to a victory in its opening match of the season, winning 3-0 (25-9, 25-14, 25-10) over LSSU. Jessica Yost (OH, So., Bemidji, Minn.) led the Beavers with 17 kills in 28 attempts and hit .571. Junior middle blocker Chelsea Frison (MB, Jr., Whitewater, Wis.) also put together a strong match adding eight kills, while hitting .700 on 10 attempts. Setting up Yost and Frison was Courtney Volkmann (S, Sr., Wadena, Minn.). Volkmann notched 32 assists in her 2014 debut. Defensively, Kayla DeJong (DS, Jr., Jefferson, Wis.) paced the squad with 13 digs and also chipped in four service aces.
BSU would cruise to 25-9 victory in the first set due in large part to the Lakers’ offensive struggles. LSSU hit -.095 and had more attack errors (six) than they had kills (four). Bemidji State took full advantage of the Lakers’ offensive woes, hitting .458 with just one error in the first frame.
The Lakers put together their best set of the match in the second, but it was still not enough to upend Bemidji State. BSU built a 20-8 lead, which proved to be enough to outlast a late surge by LSSU to win 25-14.
BSU got back in its offensive groove from the first set in the third as it hit a collective .522. Bemidji State secured an early 4-0 lead and later pulled away with 6-0 run when the score was 16-8 to take the set and match, 25-10.
Michigan Tech match recap: Bemidji State and Michigan Tech played a highly contested match in the second contest of the day with MTU taking the match 3-1 (22-25, 25-20, 23-25, 22-25). BSU had some stellar offensive and defensive performances versus MTU, however, as three players, Amanda Tronick (OH, So., Hutchinson, Minn.), Frison and Yost, had double-digit kill performances, while two players, Courtney Fox (DS, Jr., Hutchinson, Minn.) and DeJong, registered double-digit dig totals.
Bemidji State and Michigan Tech would be locked in a back-and-forth affair as both teams had small spurts of success followed closely by other team tying the score. No team had a lead larger than two points until Michigan Tech scored the game-winning point, 25-22.
BSU took the first point of the second frame and took it the entire way en route to a 25-20 set victory. MTU tied the set at eight a piece, but Bemidji State took advantage of eight attacking errors to take the second frame, to tie the match at one a piece.
Michigan Tech put forth its most consistent offensive set in the third as it .400 collectively compared to .303 for the Beavers. Despite being outhit by almost 100 percentage points, BSU had the lead 23-21, but the Huskies rattled off four consecutive points to take the third frame.
The Beavers looked like they would tie the match at two a piece in the fourth with their best hitting performance of the match (.353), and they led by as many as six points in the fourth (10-4), but the Huskies were able to come back and tie the score at 15 and then go on to win, 25-22.
- The .571 attacking percentage put forth by Yost tied her with former Beaver Nicole McDougal for tenth best all-time attacking percentage for a BSU player in a single match (minimum 12 attempts).
- Kayla DeJong posted four service aces in the victory over Lake Superior State, which not only ties a career-high but also ties her with seven other players for the sixth most aces in a three-set match in program history.
- With 79 assists today, Courtney Volkmann surpassed former teammate Jessi-Beth McCannell for ninth on BSU’s all-time assist list. The senior setter sits at 1,871 in her career and needs just 44 assists to tie Courtney Bitter for eighth on the all-time list.
- Freshmen Angela Gareri (OH, Grand Rapids, Minn.), Jordyn Koehn (S, Mukawongo, Wis.) and Caitlin Volkmann (DS, Wadena, Minn.), Laurel Denney (OH, Coon Rapids, Minn.) all appeared in their first matches for Bemidji State.
- BSU improved to 28-18 all-time in season opening matches with its victory versus Lake Superior State.
Coach’s take: “I thought there were a lot of positive things today,” said BSU head coach Wayne Chadwick, “I thought we controlled the ball better than we have in the past and we found some areas where we can improve.”
Next up: BSU will return to action in the second day of the Keweenaw Classic as it takes on University of Wisconsin-Parkside at 8 a.m. tomorrow. Bemidji State will also face Northern Michigan University at noon to round out the Classic.
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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).