BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team officially begins its 2019 campaign this weekend and will travel to Big Rapids, Michigan to participate in the Ferris State Invitational on the campus of Ferris State University.
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The Beavers (0-0, 0-0 NSIC) will play four non-conference matches Friday-Saturday beginning with University of New Haven Friday, September 6 at 9 a.m. BSU will then face Wayne State University (Mich.) at 1 p.m. to conclude the first day of the tournament.
The Beavers continue play early Saturday, September 7 against Ohio Dominican at 8 a.m., followed by the final match of the tournament against McKendree University at noon.
New Haven: Friday morning’s matchup against the Chargers will be just the second time the Beavers and Chargers have faced each other on the court. Bemidji State and New Haven first met in 2008 at the UMD Classic where the Beavers fell 3-1 to the Chargers.
Wayne State (Mich): Bemidji State and Wayne State (Mich.) will meet for the first time in each of the school’s program histories Friday.
Ohio Dominican: Saturday’s first match of the day against the Panthers will be just the second meeting between Bemidji State and Ohio Dominican. The two teams previously met in 2015 with the Beavers falling to the Panthers 3-0 at the GVSU Lake Riverfront Classic in Allendale, Mich.
McKendree: Saturday’s meeting between the Bearcats and the Beavers will be the first ever in the two program’s histories.
New Haven: New Haven begins its 2019 season this weekend after finishing the 2018 season with a 26-6 record and birth in the Chargers’ 13th straight NCAA Tournament. The Chargers were selected to finish third in the Northeast-10 Preseason Coaches’ Poll and garnered three first-place votes.
The Chargers have a new face at the helm of the program after hiring the team’s fourth head coach in school history in Christa Copper in February. New Haven returns nine letterwinners from last reason and brings in five newcomers to the team. The Chargers return all four of their top hitters from last season including senior Mallory Nowicki who led the Chargers with 356 kills and was a NE10 All-Conference Second Team selection as well as a D2CCA All-East Region selection. The Chargers also return junior Kali Greathead who finished second on the team with 284 kills last season and was a NE10 All-Conference Third Team selection, sophomore Ruby Fera who was the NE10 Rookie of the Year and junior Camille Garden who was a NE10 All-conference Second Team Selection. However, the Chargers graduated last season’s leading setter in Kristine Rios and will look to junior Angela Chan to set the ball in 2019.
Wayne State: Wayne State is set to begin its 2019 campaign after posting a 15-13 record in 2018 and 10-6 mark in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference play. The Warriors advanced to the quarterfinal round of the GLIAC Volleyball Tournament in two of the past three seasons and will look to advance further into the postseason after being picked to finish fifth in the GLIAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
The Warriors return nine letterwinners from 2018 including the team’s second leading point producer in junior Olivia Fike who totaled 221.5 points with 184 kills and 66 blocks. Also returning to the team is senior outside hitter Madelyn Krenz, junior Julia Malewicz, redshirt sophomore Taylor Wagner and sophomore Kamryn Duffield returns as the team’s primary setter. The Warriors brought in six newcomers to the roster and will need to replace last season’s leading point producer in Hailey Richardson.
Ohio Dominican: In 2018, the Panthers posted a 6-25 overall record and finished last in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference with a 1-18 league record. To start the 2019 season, Ohio Dominican was voted to finish 12th in the GMAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
The Panthers have 16 players on their 2019 roster, with a combined 14 student-athletes labeled as freshmen and sophomores. Highlighting the group is sophomore Amanda Remmetter who paced the ODU offense in 2018. Remmetter led the team and ranked fifth in the G-MAC in kills per set, 3.71, while also ranking among the top five in the conference in points per set, 4.16. The Panthers have two upperclassmen returning in 2019 in senior Allie Rutter and junior Alexis Young. Rutter’s first year with the Black & Gold in 2018 resulted in 252 digs and 104 assists, to go along with 65 kills and 24 total blocks. Young joined Remmetter up front, where she tallied 3.04 kills per set last season. In two years with the program, Young has 498 career kills.
McKendree: Last season, McKendree posted a 16-15 overall record and a 10-8 record in Great Lakes Valley Conference play and earned a bid to the GLVC Championships with a seventh-place finish in the conference. The Bearcats were voted to finish eighth in this season’s GLVC Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
The Bearcats return nine letterwinners from the 2018 season including their two leading hitters in senior Kelly Voss and sophomore Hope Gramly. Also returning for her senior season is middle blocker Megan Marks who led the team with 118 blocks last season and finished third on the team with 251 kills. The Bearcats will have to replace setter Morgan Meichert who led the team with 1215 assists. Junior Gracie Marr will look to jump in as the team’s new primary setter.
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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).