BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team ends non-conference action by facing some of the nation’s top-ranked teams at the Huskies Classic hosted by St. Cloud State University.
The Beavers begin the tournament by facing Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opponent and host school, St. Cloud State, Thursday, Sept. 12 at 5:30 p.m. The Huskies received 17 votes in the latest American Volleyball Coaches’ Association Poll after opening the season 4-0.
BSU will then continue play Friday, Sept. 13 by facing No. 21 Michigan Tech at 11 a.m., followed by South Dakota School of Mines and Technology at 3:30 p.m.
The Beavers wrap-up the tournament Saturday, Sept. 14 with one match against No. 14 Wheeling University at 3 p.m.
St. Cloud State: Thursday’s meeting between the Beavers and Huskies will be the 69th all-time meeting between the two teams. St. Cloud State owns the all-time series record at 46-22 and is currently on a four-match win streak against the Beavers. In their last meeting, SCSU defeated the Beavers 3-2 in Bemidji, Sept. 8, 2018. Head coach Kevin Ulmer is 1-4 all-time coaching against the Huskies.
Michigan Tech: Friday’s matchup against the Huskies will be the 10th all-time meeting between BSU and Michigan Tech. The Huskies own the all-time series record at 8-1 and are currently on a five-match win streak. In their last meeting, Michigan Tech defeated the Beavers 3-0 at the Northern Michigan Tournament on Aug. 31, 2018. Head coach Kevin Ulmer is 0-2 all-time coaching against the Huskies.
SD School of Mines: Friday’s match between the Beavers and Miners will be the fifth all-time meeting between the two teams with the series record being tied at 2-2. The Beavers have won the last two meetings with their most recent win happening Sept. 1, 2017 with a 3-0 win at the Minot State Classic. Head coach Kevin Ulmer is 2-0 all-time coaching against the Miners.
Wheeling: The last match of the tournament will feature the first-ever meeting between Bemidji State and Wheeling.
St. Cloud State: The Huskies return to action after opening their season with a perfect 4-0 record at the Dixie State University Tournament last weekend. The Huskies defeated Dixie State, Northwest Nazarene University, Colorado Christian University and Simon Fraser University and only lost one set throughout the tournament. Following the perfect opening weekend, the Huskies received 17 votes in the latest AVCA National Poll.
The Huskies were led by sophomore Linsey Rachel who totaled 54 kills (4.15 k/s) and hit at a .215 clip while also contributing 11 (1s-10a) blocks defensively. Her 54 kills to open the season was the eighth most in the NSIC. Senior Marah Mulso and freshman Phebie Rossi also contributed 29 kills on offense each while junior Erin Navratil added 25. Junior Maddy Torve coordinated the Huskies’ attack and compiled 175 assists to lead the NSIC with a 13.46 assists/set average. On defense, senior Clara Krenz led the team and the conference with 95 digs (7.31 d/s) and was selected the NSIC’s Defensive Player of the Week. Rossi led SCSU at the net and totaled 13 blocks (1s-12a) while Mulso added 12 (1s-11a).
Michigan Tech: The Huskies return to action after opening the season 3-1 at their host tournament, the Keweenaw Classic in Houghton, Mich. Michigan Tech opened the tournament with an upset 3-0 win over then No. 9 Southwest Minnesota State University followed by wins over University of Mary and University of Minnesota Crookston. The Huskies’ only loss of the weekend came against Upper Iowa University in a tight 3-2 match. For their efforts, the Huskies were ranked No. 21 in the latest AVCA National Poll, their highest ranking since 1997.
During the tournament, the Huskies were led by junior outside hitter Olivia Ghormley who totaled 60 kills, a 4.29 kills per set average, and hit at a .320 clip. Ghormley led the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference in kills per set and was awarded the GLIAC North Division Player of the Week for her efforts. She was followed by junior Anna Jonynas who totaled 45 kills (3.21 k/s) and totaled a .201 hitting percentage. Junior Laura De Marchi coordinated Michigan Tech’s attack and totaled 155 assists in 14 sets for a 11.07 assists per set average. On defense junior Megan Utlak led the team with 65 digs (4.64 d/s) while Jonynas contributed 55 (3.93 d/s). At the net senior Emilia Widen led the team with eight blocks (2s-6a).
SD Mines: The Miners return to action after opening the season 1-3 at the Chadron State College Tournament in Chadron, Neb. The Miners lone win of the tournament came in match one against Montana State University-Billings, a 3-2 victory against the Bees. SD Mines then lost three consecutive matches against Chadron State, University of Sioux Falls and Fort Hays State University.
Senior Caryn Hazard led the team with 45 kills and averaged 3.46 kills per set during the tournament while sophomore Dana Thomson followed closely with 41 kills and a 3.42 kills per set average and led the team with a .246 hitting percentage. Sophomore Shyann Bastian led the team with 81 assists (6.23 a/s) while sophomore Addie Stanley followed with 52 assists (4.00 a/s). On defense freshman Anna Thomas led the team with 62 digs and compiled a 4.77 dig per set average while freshmen Jacey Koethe, Victoria Zagorski and Hannah Stevenson each led the team with eight blocks.
Wheeling: The Cardinals return to action after opening the season 3-1 at the West Florida Tournament in Pensacola, Fla. Wheeling defeated Florida Tech, Spring Hill College and No. 24 West Florida but fell to No. 3 Western Washington for its lone loss. For their efforts, the Cardinals were ranked No. 14 in the latest AVCA National Poll.
The Cardinals were led by junior outside hitter Cassie Meyer who totaled 58 kills, a 4.14 kills per set average and hit at a .232 clip. Meyer led the Mountain East Conference in kills per set and was awarded the MEC Offensive Player of the Week for her efforts. She was followed by junior Breanna Kramer who totaled 49 kills (3.50 k/s) and hit at a .262 clip. Senior Stephanie Sylvester coordinated the Cardinal’s attack and totaled 163 assists in 14 sets for a 11.64 assists per set average. On defense junior Audrey Francis led the team with 100 digs (7.14 d/s) while sophomore Allonda Watkins led the team with 19 blocks (1s-18a).
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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).