BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team hits the road this weekend by traveling to No. 3 Concordia-St. Paul University and Minnesota State University, Mankato, Oct. 13-14. The Beavers (3-15, 0-9 NSIC) begin the weekend by facing the Golden Bears (15-2, 8-1 NSIC) at 6 p.m., Friday followed by the Mavericks (9-8, 3-6 NSIC) at 2 p.m., Saturday.
Concordia-St. Paul: The Beavers and Golden Bears will meet for the 41st meeting since the series began in 1972. Concordia-St. Paul dominates the series record at 30-9-1 and is on a 29-match winning streak against the Beavers. BSU and CSP last met Nov. 12, 2016 with the Golden Bears earning a 3-0 victory in St. Paul, Minn.
Minnesota State: The Beavers and Mavericks series history dates back to 1971 and in 56 matches, Minnesota State holds the series record at 37-19. The Mavericks have had the most recent success in the series winning four of the last five matches with BSU’s last win coming Oct. 31, 2015. BSU and MSU last met on Nov. 11, 2016 with the Beavers falling 3-0.
Concordia-St. Paul: The Golden Bears host the Beavers as the third-ranked team in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association national poll and tied for first in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference standings. CSP fell one spot to No. 3 after falling to No. 6 University of Minnesota Duluth, 3-1, last weekend. The Golden Bears salvaged a weekend split however by defeating St. Cloud State University, 3-0, the night before.
Concordia-St. Paul is led offensively by Brooklyn Lewis, pacing the team with 240 kills on the season and 3.75 kills per set. The Golden Bears have five other athletes who average more than two kills per set in Sara Macek (2.98), Mariya, Sampson (2.97), Hope Schiller (2.62), Sydney Book (2.50) and Shelby Seurer (2.22). CSP’s attack is coordinated by Elizabeth Mohr who has tallied 848 assists this season, averaging 13.25 per set and leading the NSIC. Concordia-St. Paul’s defense is led by Tori Hanson in the back-court and Sara Macek up front. Hanson leads the team with 216 digs (4.15/s) while Macek has tallied 42 blocks (0.84/s).
Minnesota State: The Mavericks return home this weekend after falling to No. 6 UMD and St. Cloud State on the road in the previous weekend. Minnesota State fell to the Bulldogs, 3-0, before falling to St. Cloud State, 3-2. The Mavericks will try to improve their place in the NSIC standings, coming into the weekend 11th.
Minnesota State is led on offense by Sydney Powell who has tallied 163 kills on the season and averages 3.26 kills per set. She is joined by Alivia Garbe (2.42/s) as the only other Maverick to average more than two kills per set. The Mavericks’ attack is coordinated by a combination of Micayla Porter and Autumn Risch. Porters leads the team with 326 assists while Risch follows with 291. Minnesota State’s defense is led by Mara Quam in the back-court and Ashton Lee up front. Quam paces the team with 244 digs (4.07/s) while Lee leads all blockers with 42 on the season (0.70/s).
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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).