|September 14, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||5th||Final|
Watkins - 4
ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Junior Becky Schroeder recorded 26 kills in the Bemidji State University’s volleyball match with No. 14 Wheeling University Saturday afternoon to tie for the fourth most ever at Bemidji State. The Beavers (3-5, 0-0 NSIC) nearly upset the No. 14 Cardinals (4-2) in five sets (22-25, 25-18, 17-25, 25-21, 12-15) but fell in the fifth and final set, 15-12.
Not only did Schroeder set a career high in kills in the match, she also paced the Beavers by hitting a career-high .370. Her 26 kills ties for the fourth-most in program history with Brittney Burns in 2006 and is the most by a Bemidji State volleyball player since Jessica Yost totaled 28 against Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2015.
Schroeder was joined by sophomore Haley Stolt who also hit reached a career-high in kills with 17 and also contributed 17 digs defensively for the double-double. Senior Julie Touchett followed with 12 kills while also leading the team with seven blocks (3s-4a), one shy of tying a career mark.
Redshirt freshman Maddie Mackinac coordinated the Beavers attack and set a new career best with 57 assists while also contributing 11 digs.
Bemidji State totaled 67 kills and hit .195 as a team to outhit the Cardinals who totaled 64 kills and a .196 hitting percentage but seven service errors and 28 attacking errors derailed the Beavers from their first win over a nationally ranked opponent under the Kevin Ulmer era.
On the defensive side of the court, senior Emma Hallmann led the Beavers with 22 digs in the backcourt while freshman Samiya Jami followed Touchett with five blocks (1s-4a).
The Beavers jump into Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action next weekend for their home opening matches against Minnesota State and Concordia University-St. Paul. The Beavers begin the weekend by hosting the Mavericks Friday, Sept. 20 at 6 p.m., followed by the Golden Bears Saturday at 1 p.m., in the BSU Gymnasium.
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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).