|September 06, 2014||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||5th||Final|
Tronick - 14
Burnson - 3
Pekarek - 3
Turek - 3
|September 06, 2014||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
- 17||Kills||Alex Larsen
- 32||Assists||Meghan Seymour
- 2||Aces||Megan Dahl
Alex Berger - 3
- 23||Digs||Alex Berger
- 3||Blocks||Kayla Chosa
HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team split its final two matches of the Keweenaw Classic Saturday in Houghton, Mich. BSU fell to University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 3-2 before defeating (RV) Northern Michigan University, 3-1. The Beavers’ record moves to 2-2 this season.
Wisconsin Parkside match recap: Bemidji State and Wisconsin Parkside played a highly contested match in the first contest of the day with UWP taking the match, 3-2 (22-25, 25-19, 25-14, 21-25, 13-15). Despite coming up short against the Rangers, Bemidji State had more kills (66), assists (61), service aces (nine) and digs (76) than its opposition. The attack both offensively and defensively was spread out for BSU as four players posted double-digit kill performances and double-digit dig performances.
The first set of the match set the tone as both teams held leads during the frame. UWP prevailed thanks in part due to 10 errors by Bemidji State (seven attack, one service, one set and one ball handling). Despite the miscues, BSU was in position to take the set with a late run but fell short, 25-22.
Bemidji State cleaned up the errors that derailed its efforts in the first to take the second frame, 25-19. BSU cut its errors in half (five) and hit .333 compared to UWP’s .167 mark. Sophomore Jessica Yost (OH, Bemidji, Minn.) and junior Chelsea Frison (MB, Whitewater, Wis.) led BSU with 12 points (nine kills and three service aces) combined in the second stanza.
BSU cruised to a 25-14 win in the a one-sided third set. Both teams had 30 attack attempts in the third and the Beavers hit .400 while the Rangers hit .167. Bemidji State opened its lead with six straight points moving the score from 4-3 to 10-3. The sudden burst of offense was provided in large part by Amanda Tronick (OH, So., Hutchinson, Minn.), who had four kills in the run.
Much like the Beavers did in the second and third sets, UWP found its offensive groove in the fourth hitting a match-best .324 with just one attacking error en route to a 25-21 set victory. The Rangers not only stepped up on offense but also turned up the defensive pressure, recording three of its eight blocks in the fourth.
In the fifth and defining set, defense ruled as both teams hit below .150. Neither team could get much of a lead as the score was tied at eight, nine, 11 and 12 during the frame. Unfortunately for the Beavers, UWP scored three of the next four points after the 12-12 tie to take the set and match.
Northern Michigan match recap: In the second match of the day, Bemidji State knocked off Northern Michigan, a team that received votes in the AVCA Preseason Poll, 3-1, to record its first ever victory over the Wildcats. Prior to the victory, BSU was 0-8 versus NMU all-time.
BSU rode the back of Yost to a first set victory, 25-23. The sophomore outside hitter had nine kills on 20 attempts with a .300 attacking percentage to open the match. Despite the exploits by Yost, BSU and NMU were tied 23 all before a Tronick kill and a Wildcat attacking error gave the set win to Bemidji State.
The Beavers used an abundance of errors by the Wildcats to take the second set, 25-23, for a 2-0 lead. Northern Michigan committed a total of 16 errors in the second set alone and BSU mustered enough true offense to gain the advantage.
Northern Michigan had a 16-15 advantage before a 6-0 run to make the score 22-15 in the third, which was too large of a deficit for the Beavers to overcome, as they fell 25-19.
Bemidji State used a mix of nine kills and 12 Wildcat attacking errors to seal its second victory of the season. The turning point in the set came with a 4-0 run by the Beavers moving its lead from 6-5 to 10-5. BSU extended its lead to as many as eight points, which was the difference in the final score, 25-17.
- Courtney Volkmann notched her second career triple-double versus UW-Parkside with 12 kills, 46 assists and 14 digs. Volkmann’s first triple-double came against Maryville University (Sept. 6, 2013).
- Junior defensive specialist Kayla DeJong posted a career-high 31 digs against UW-Parkside. It was DeJong second career 30-dig performance with the first coming last season versus Quincy (Ill.) University (Sept. 13, 2013).
- With 78 assists today, Courtney Volkmann closed the gap between her and former Beaver Courtney Bitter for eighth on the BSU’s all-time assist list to just 13 helpers. The senior setter sits at 1,902 in her career and needs just 26 assists to not only surpass Bitter but also to tie Jill Amundson for seventh place on the all-time list.
- Bemidji State’s win over Northern Michigan not only was the first for BSU over the Wildcats but it also is the first victory for head coach Wayne Chadwick over a team receiving votes or ranked in the AVCA poll.
Coach’s take: “It was a quality weekend for us overall,” said Chadwick, “We had an opportunity to win every match and we got a win over a quality opponent in Northern Michigan.”
Next up: BSU returns to action Sept. 12-13 when it competes in the NSIC Challenge hosted by Augustana College and University of Sioux Falls. The Beavers will open the two-day event with matches versus Missouri Western State University and Northwest Missouri State University Friday.
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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).