BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team returns home Tuesday to host University of Minnesota, Crookston on Halloween. The Beavers (3-21, 0-15 NSIC) then host their final two home matches of the season in No. 22 Wayne State College (Neb.) and No. 16 Augustana University (S.D.), Nov. 3-4.
Minnesota Crookston: The Beavers and Golden Eagles will meet for the 42nd meeting since the series began in 1994 and the second meeting in 2017. Bemidji State holds an advantage in the all-time series record at 23-19, but have lost three consecutive matches to the Golden Eagles including the last meeting on Sept. 19 in Crookston, Minn. Head coach Kevin Ulmer is 1-3 during his two-year career against Minnesota Crookston while first-year head coach Sarah Rauen is 1-0 against the Beavers.
Wayne State: The Beavers and Wildcats will meet for the 33rd meeting in school history, Friday. Wayne State dominates the series record and is 30-2 against the Beavers. The Wildcats have won 21-straight matches against the Beavers including the last meeting earlier this season, 3-0, in Wayne, Neb. Head coach Kevin Ulmer is 0-2 against the Wildcats during his career at Bemidji State.
Augustana: Saturday’s match between the Vikings and Beavers will be the 27th meeting of the all-time series. Augustana owns the all-time record at 23-3 and is on a 10-match winning streak against the Beavers. BSU and Augie met earlier this season Sept. 29 in Sioux Falls, S.D., where the Vikings earned a 3-0 victory. Head coach Kevin Ulmer is 0-2 in is career against the Vikings.
Minnesota Crookston: The Golden Eagles travel to Bemidji, Minn., tied for 13th in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference standings with a 3-12 league record. Minnesota Crookston split its last weekend by defeating Minot State University in three sets but fell to University of Mary, 3-0.
Minnesota Crookston is led by the Green sisters in Kassi and Kelci. Kassi Green leads the team by averaging 4.08 kills per set and has totaled 314 kills this season while her sister Kelci follows with 163 kills and 2.08 per set. Kelci leads the team by attacking at a .236 efficiency. The Golden Eagles attack is coordinated by Kaycie Hagen who leads the team with 673 assists this season. Maggie Perrel leads the Golden Eagles’ back-court totaling 258 digs while Kelci Green leads the team with 62 blocks.
Wayne State: The Wildcats travel to Augustana, Oct. 31, before facing the Beavers Friday at 6 p.m. Wayne State enters the weekend ranked No. 22 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches’ Association Poll and tied for eighth in the NSIC standings. The Wildcats will look to rebound this weekend after dropping two games last weekend to Winona State University and Upper Iowa University.
Wayne State is led by Erin Gross on offense and she paces the team by averaging 3.21 kills per set. Jaci Brahmer and Katie Stephens are also key features on offense averaging 2.51 and 2.25 kills per set, respectively. Megan Gebhardt coordinates the attack tallying 908 assists (9.46/s). Haley Kauth leads the Wildcats’ back-court with 385 digs (3.97) this season while Jaci Brahmer protects the net leading the team with 100 blocks (1.05/s).
Augustana: Augustana enters the weekend ranked No. 16 in the latest American Coaches Volleyball Association national poll and tied for sixth in league standings. The Vikings hosted Winona State and Upper Iowa last weekend, falling to the Warriors, 3-0, but defeated the Peacocks, 3-2.
The Vikings are led on offense by Courtney Place who leads the team by averaging 3.95 kills per set, ranking fifth in the conference. Place is supported by Lauren Waite (2.75), Ashley Wilson (2.57) and Bailey Koch (2.25) who all average more than two kills per set. Coordinating the Vikings’ attack is Alex Banker who has tallied 1,061 assists this season and ranks fifth in the league with a 11.41 average. On the defensive side of the net, Tahlyr Banks leads the back-court by averaging 5.22 digs per set while Koch leads the front-court with 1.03 blocks per set.
Bemidji State: The Bemidji State volleyball team returns home 16th in the NSIC standings and currently on a 17-match losing streak. The Beavers fell in both games last weekend falling to U-Mary, 3-0, and Minot State, 3-0 on the road.
The Beavers are led by junior Sami Leach who leads the team in kills and assists. She has totaled 147 kills (1.79/s) and 424 assists (5.17/s) this season and attacks at a .219 efficiency, second on the team. Sophomore Julie Touchett follows with 129 kills while freshman Anna Averkamp is third on the team with 121 kills. Sophomore Shelby Haney has also added 236 assists this season as the team’s secondary setter. Sophomore Emma Hallmann leads the Beaver defense with 271 digs on the season ranking 18th in the conference averaging 3.30 per set. She also is the team’s leading server and has totaled 28 aces, 10th most in the NSIC. Junior Maddie Filipiak leads the team in blocks and in 81 sets, has 66 blocks for a 0.81 average.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooden region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, BSU 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).