2003 Campaign Set For BSU Volleyball
Tuesday, May 13, 2003
BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bemidji State is ready to begin its 34th season of volleyball under the guidance of new head coach Kim Falkenhagen.

Falkenhagen comes to BSU after a three-year stint as assistant coach at West Texas A&M in Canyon, Texas. She helped the Buffaloes to the NCAA Division II round of 16 in each of her three years on staff, including national quarterfinal appearances in 2000 and 2002.

The Beavers begin the 2003 season at the MSU Moorhead Tournament on Friday, Aug. 29. Tentatively, BSU plays four teams: Concordia-Moorhead, Dakota Wesleyan, St. Cloud State and Valley City State. The away matches will mark the 26th time BSU has opened up a season away from Bemidji. The past five seasons have seen the Beavers partake in tournament action with each one being at a different site. Looking at season-openers all-time, the Beavers are 22-12 including a 13-11 record away from BSU Gymnasium.

The Cobbers from Concordia participate in the NCAA Division III Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, where they ended fourth after a 21-10 overall mark in 2002. They hope to return three All-MIAC first-teamers to their line-up. Dakota Wesleyan compiled it’s most wins in seven seasons (18) last year. It is an NAIA DII institution and member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference. The match will mark the first meeting between Wesleyan and Bemidji State while BSU has a 30-7-1 all-time advantage over the Cobbers.

That weekend will bring mixed emotions for BSU volleyball as former Beaver head coach Patricia Mickow took the St. Cloud State coaching position in February. The Huskies return All-North Central Conference honoree Kari Turkowski at setter as they went just 4-21 overall a year ago. The rivalry with SCSU dates back to the beginning of BSU volleyball (1969) with St. Cloud State holding a 32-13 edge.

“Of course, the match against St. Cloud State with Mickow will be interesting,” said Falkenhagen. “I know the girls will be up for it and it will be good competition.”

Valley City State, an NAIA Division II school in the Dakota Athletic Conference, went 2-20 a season ago. Bemidji State holds an all-time 17-1 mark against the Vikings - the only loss was Oct. 30, 1992.

After a single match against Mayville State, which went 14-13 overall last year, in early September, Bemidji State is at the Mary Tournament. Mayville State and Mary belong to the DAC-10. Mary closed out 2002 with a 18-14 mark and 7-6 record in the league, good for fourth-place. BSU will renew a tradition with Mayville State it has dominated all-time (25-4), including a stretch of 14 consecutive (1986-98) seasons when the teams played each other at least once. Bemidji State owns a 5-1 mark against Mary with the last affair on Oct. 30. 1992.

Two more events await the Beavers prior to Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play - the NSIC/NCC Tournament and a showdown with Wisconsin-Superior. UW-S is in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and competes in NCAA DIII. The Yellowjackets went 6-24 last season finishing 1-7 in conference action. All-time, the Beavers hold a 19-7 edge, winning the last five matches. The two teams last squared off Oct. 2, 2001.

Then, the squad travels to Duluth, Minn., Sept. 23, to take on the Saints from St. Scholastica. That occurs after a twin-bill against Winona State and Concordia-St. Paul to open up NSIC play. St. Scholastica took third in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference in 2002 with a 16-17 overall record. The Saints look to return four All-UMAC first-team selections to the hardwood next year. The two teams have met consecutively since the 1988 season and BSU has swiped eight of the last nine contests.

Once league play begins, North Dakota fills in one of the two non-conference slots while St. Cloud State is the other. The Fighting Sioux of North Dakota compiled a 24-11 record in 2002 but went only 8-8 in the NCC, good for fifth. UND loses three All-NCC picks and despite dropping the last four matches, BSU still leads the all-time series, 26-25.

Last season, UM-Duluth ran away with the NSIC title, going 18-0 en route to a No. 1 national ranking for a three week period. It finished with a 29-2 overall mark and was the number two seed in the NCAA Tournament. Wayne State (Neb.) and Northern State tied for second at 14-4 while Concordia-St. Paul went 13-5, good for fourth in the league. NSU finished number seven in the North Central Region, the Golden Bears were tenth.

The Beavers ended the 2002 season 11-17 overall, 8-10 in NSIC play, a marked improvement from the 2001 squad which finished 8-23 overall and just 4-14 in the conference. Highlighting the season was a six-match home winning streak that was an extension from the 2001 season. It was the longest since the Beavers won eight consecutive from Oct. 1, 1988 - Oct. 12, 1989. There was also a three-match overall winning streak which was the longest since BSU won four straight from Oct. 28, 2000 - Nov. 10, 2000. Junior Lisa Smith and sophomore Heather Haugen return as Bemidji State 2002 all-conference representatives. Smith was a first-teamer at outside hitter while Haugen was an honorable mention middle blocker.

Date Opponent Time
Aug. 29-30 @ MSU Moorhead Tourn. Moorhead, Minn.
Fri-Sat vs. Concordia-Moorhead, TBA
St. Cloud State, Valley City &
Dakota Wesleyan
Sept. 2 - Tues Mayville State 7 p.m.
Sept. 5-6 @ University of Mary Tourn. Bismarck, N.D.
Fri-Sat vs. TBA TBA
Sept. 12-13 @ NSIC/NCC Tourn. Omaha, Neb.
Fri-Sat vs. TBA TBA
Sept. 16 - Tues Wisconsin-Superior 7 p.m.
Sept. 19 - Fri @ Winona State* 7 p.m.
Sept. 20 - Sat @ Concordia-St. Paul* 3 p.m.
Sept. 23 - Tues @ St. Scholastica 7 p.m.
Sept. 26 - Fri UM-Crookston* 7 p.m.
Sept. 30 - Tues @St. Cloud State 7 p.m.
Oct. 3 - Fri Northern State* TBA
Oct. 4 - Sat MSU Moorhead* 6 p.m.
Oct. 7 - Tues North Dakota 7 p.m.
Oct. 10 - Fri @ UM-Duluth* 7 p.m.
Oct. 17 - Fri Wayne State (NE)* 7 p.m.
Oct. 18 - Sat Southwest State* TBA
Oct. 21 - Tues @ Northern State* TBA
Oct. 24 - Fri Concordia-St. Paul* TBA
Oct. 25 - Sat Winona State* 3 p.m.
Nov. 1 - Sat @ UM-Crookston* TBA
Nov. 4 - Tues @ MSU Moorhead* 7 p.m.
Nov. 8 - Sat UM-Duluth* 3 p.m.
Nov. 14 - Fri @ Southwest State* 7 p.m.
Nov. 15 - Sat @ Wayne State (NE)* TBA
*Indicates Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contests
Home games in Bold and played at BSU Gymnasium
^Subject to change