BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team continues its home-stand this weekend by hosting Upper Iowa University and No. 14 Winona State University, Oct. 6-7. The Beavers (3-13, 0-7 NSIC) begin the weekend by hosting the Peacocks (13-3, 4-3 NSIC) at 6 p.m., Friday followed by the Warriors (11-4, 5-2 NSIC) at 3 p.m., Saturday.
Upper Iowa: The Beavers and Peacocks will meet for the 23rd meeting since the series began in 2004 and first time in 2017. Bemidji State owns the series record at 13-9 but have fallen in three-consecutive matches against Upper Iowa. BSU and UIU last met on Nov. 5, 2016 with the Beavers falling in five sets, 3-2. Head coach Kevin Ulmer is 0-2 in his career against the Peacocks.
Winona State: The Beavers and Warriors series history dates all the way back to 1970 and in 95 matches, Winona State holds the series record at 51-44. The Warriors have had the most recent success in the series winning the past 15 matches dating back to 2007. BSU and WSU last met on Nov. 4, 2016 with the Beavers falling 3-0. Head coach Kevin Ulmer is 0-2 in his career against Winona State.
Upper Iowa: The Peacocks travel to Bemidji, Minn., tied for sixth in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference standings. Upper Iowa is one of the top teams in the nation, receiving 25 votes in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association national poll. The Peacocks last played on Sept. 30, where they defeated University of Mary, 3-1, in Bismarck, N.D.
Upper Iowa is led offensively by Anna Winter, pacing the team with 193 kills on the season and 3.39 kills per set. The Peacocks also have Haley Weepie (149) and Haley Poula (121) who average 2.20 and 2.87 kills per set, respectively. UIU’s attack is coordinated by Malissa LeClaire who has tallied 513 assists this season, averaging 9.00 per set. Upper Iowa’s defense is led by Ashley Larson in the back-court and Bethany Lovhaug up front. Larson leads the team with 286 digs (5.02/s) while Lovhaug protects the net with 69 bocks (1.21/s) this season.
Winona State: The Warriors come into town ranked No. 14 in the latest AVCA national poll and fifth in the NSIC standings with a 5-2 conference record. The Warriors last played on Sept. 30 where they defeated Minot State University, 3-0, in Minot, N.D.
Winona State is led on offense by Danielle Rampart who has tallied 194 kills on the season and averages 3.66 kills per set. She is joined by five other hitters who average more than two kills per set. Maria Wrage (2.65/s), Maria Fruechte (2.65/s), Kate Masberg (2.24/s), Jordan Runge (2.24/s) and Lauren Kudronowicz (2.02/s) each average more than two kills per set. The Warriors’ attack is coordinated by one of the best setters in the conference in McKenna Larsen. Larsen has totaled 531 assists this season and averages 10.84 per set, sixth in the NSIC. Winona State’s defense is led by Becca Pagel in the back-court and Maria Wrage up front. Pagel paces the Warriors with 284 digs this season while Wrage leads the team with 30 blocks.
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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).