BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University volleyball team will head west for a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate (NSIC) matches this weekend as it takes on Minot State University Friday and University of Mary Saturday.
Scouting the Beavers
Bemidji State’s offense this season has run mainly through its pair of sophomore outside hitters, Jessica Yost and Amanda Tronick. Yost leads the team with 237 kills and 18 service aces, while Tronick ranks second on the squad with 178 kills.
Setting up Yost and Tronick has been senior Courtney Volkmann. Volkmann, who is currently ranked ninth in the NSIC in assists per set (9.03), has posted 40 or more assists in a match four times this season.
Junior Kayla DeJong has paced Bemidji State’s defense with 328 digs (4.43 digs per set). DeJong currently ranks seventh in the NSIC averaging 4.58 digs per set in conference matches. Meanwhile on the block, Rachel Craig leads the way with 86 blocks in 2014.
Scouting Minot State
A season after going 12-18 and narrowly missing out on a berth in the conference tournament, Minot State has struggled thus far in in 2014 going 6-16 overall. However, MISU has won two of its last three matches coming into the weekend.
Much like their fellow Beavers, Minot State’s offense has run through its two outside hitters. Jen Dixon paces the the team with 286 kills (3.56 kills/set) and Mallory Sall is not far behind with 270 kills (3.97 kills/set). Setting up Dixon and Sall is Emily Byrne. Byrne currenlty ranks sixth in the NSIC averaging 10 assists per set.
Minot State’s defense collectively ranks fourth in the NSIC in total number of digs (1,272). Heading the the defensive effort has been Cindy Pelo, who has 309 digs this season.
The Marauders have already matched their win total from all of 2013 with four victories. U-Mary won its last match as it defeated St. Cloud State in four sets, 3-1.
Offensively, U-Mary is led by two players averaging over two kills per set, Lauren Randall (2.47) and Lauren Boldt (2.18).
The strength of the Marauders’ team, however is their defense. U-Mary ranks ninth in the NSIC averaging 1.81 blocks per set. In addition, Alex Brown currently ranks fifth in the conference with 349 digs.
Aces up their sleeves
Bemidji State currently ranks sixth in the NSIC with 1.35 service aces per set. Jessica Yost currently leads BSU with 18 service aces.
Win more than you lose
Despite going 1-1 last weekend against Minnesota State University Moorhead and Northern State, Bemidji State did win four of the seven sets it played last weekend.
Hot Hitting Against the Bulldogs
BSU played at No. 2 University of Minnesota Duluth Tuesday and put together one of its best offensive sets of the season against the Bulldogs, hitting .483 with 15 kills in 29 attempts. It was the second highest hitting percentage put forth by BSU this season. Only the third set Sept. 5 versus Lake Superior State did BSU hit better (.522).
Home Court Advantage
Bemidji State picked up its second win of the season at home Friday with a win over MSU Moorhead. It is the first time BSU has won two matches at home in a season since 2011.
None better than the NSIC
The NSIC not only has four teams ranked in the top 12 of this week’s AVCA Top 25 poll but the conference also has the most kills (15,799) and the second-highest hitting percentage (.215) of any conference in the nation.
Chadwick on the Coaching Charts
Head Coach Wayne Chadwick picked up his 32nd career win as BSU defeated MSU Moorhead Friday. The win ties Chadwick with former Beaver head coach Jan Gudknecht for fourth place on the all-time wins list. Chadwick needs three more wins to tie Linda Anderson and Kim Falkenhagen for third place.
North Dakota Note
Bemidji State has competed quite often against schools from North Dakota throughout its history. BSU is 115-79-1 all-time against teams from the Peace Garden State.
Series history vs. Minot State
BSU is 2-2 all-time against Minot State. Bemidji State took the first two matches, but MISU has won the last two including a 3-0 sweep in Bemidji, Minn. However, BSU won the only ever matchup between the two schools in Minot, N.D., 3-0 Sept. 14, 2012.
Series history vs. U-Mary
The Beavers hold an 11-9 advantage over U-Mary in the all-time series. The two teams have split the last six meetings with U-Mary winning the only meeting last season, 3-2 in Bemidji, Minn.
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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).