Three Beavers Named All-NSIC
Tuesday, November 18, 2003
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. -- Bemidji State University volleyball junior Heather Haugen (Lanesboro, Minn.), senior Kristin Peterson (Hayfield, Minn.) and junior Kristin Smith (Rockford, Ill.) have been recognized on the 2003 All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Volleyball Team, announced today by the league offices. All three players received attention on the honorable mention squad.

Head coach Kim Falkenhagen, who had the second-highest BSU total of wins (15) in her rookie campaign, expresses her feelings after the announcement.

“It is really great to have three girls on the all-conference team this year,” said Falkenhagen. “All three are deserving of the honor.

“It is nice to see that two are juniors (Haugen, Smith) and will be back next year. I look forward in utilizing their talents again next fall. Also, Peterson had a great ending to her volleyball career with a comeback season.”

The three honors ties the 1995, 1989 and 1988 clubs for the most all-conference selections in a single season at BSU.

Haugen, who played in the most games of any Beaver (108), ended the year 15th on the school season charts in total attempts (889) and ninth in kills (354). The 6-0 middle blocker was first on the team in hitting percentage (.251) and total blocks (104); second in kills per game (3.28) and blocks per game (0.96). On the career list, Haugen stands 10th for total attempts (2,222), 12th in total blocks (215) and solo blocks (56) and 13th in block assists (159). Last season, Haugen received honorable mention All-
NSIC honors.

Peterson capped her BSU career with a successful senior season after appearing in just 57 games in 2002. The 5-10 outside hitter got back to her sophomore form when she was the team leader in service aces (44) and digs (368) and ranked 10th in the NSIC in digs per game (3.07).

This fall, Peterson recorded 360 kills, which is seventh-best in school history and the most for a Beaver since Peggy Hammel-Moran had 415 in 1999. The two-time All-NSIC Academic selection capped the season with her 30th career double-double against Wayne State (11/15) and ended the year with 17, the most since Jill Anundson had 18 in 2000. Peterson put her name in the BSU career record books in four categories: 2,824 total attempts (sixth), 917 kills (seventh), 923 digs (ninth) and 136 service aces (tied-10th). Also, she finished eighth in total attempts (1,006) and ninth in service aces (65) on the school season list. She led the squad in kills per game (3.40) and service aces per game (0.61).

Smith, a junior from Rockford, Ill. who holds a 4.0 grade-point average in biology, earned Verizon/CoSIDA First-Team All-District V College Division honors last week. It marked Smith’s second career Verizon award, as she received All-District Third Team honors.

Smith maintained a 10.64 assists per game average this season and ranked fourth on the team averaging 2.47 digs per game. She picked up her 13th career 50-assist effort and sixth of the season with 55 against No. 13 Concordia-St. Paul (10/24). She ended the year fifth in career assists (2,248) and 10th in season assists (1,011) at Bemidji State.

The Bemidji State volleyball squad ended the 2003 campaign with a 15-17 overall mark, the best since the 1999 season. They rolled to a 4-1 mark through the first four matches, the best start since 1999. Also, BSU took fifth-place in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference with a 7-9 mark; the Beavers recorded a 8-10 NSIC record in 2002, placing sixth.

2003 All-NSIC Volleyball First Team
Name Yr. Pos. School Hometown

Renee Barenz Sr. OH SW Minnesota State Alexandria, Minn.
Jessica Bates Sr. OH Northern State Byron, Wyo.
Joan Ebnet So. OH Minnesota Crookston Pequot Lakes, Minn.
Gretta Iisakka Jr. S Minnesota Duluth Andover, Minn.
Mandy Horazdovsky Sr. OH Concordia-St. Paul White Bear Lake, Minn.
Jill Kalvik Sr. MH Concordia-St. Paul Minneapolis, Minn.
Tia Lindberg Jr. RS Concordia-St. Paul Stacy, Minn.
Crystal Nucech Sr. OH Minnesota Duluth Hibbing, Minn.
Sarah Rittenhouse Sr. S SW Minnesota State White Bear Lake, Minn.
Cailin Terhaar So. S Concordia-St. Paul Apple Valley, Minn.
Joy Wubben Jr. MH Concordia-St. Paul Prinsburg, Minn.
Callie Zwettler^ Jr. OH Minnesota Duluth Madison, Wis.

2003 All-NSIC Volleyball Honorable Mention Team
Name Yr. Pos. School Hometown

Katie Carlson Sr. OH Minnesota Crookston Mora, Minn.
Heather Haugen Jr. MH Bemidji State Lanesboro, Minn.
Monica Inge& Sr. L Northern State Johnston, Iowa
Kristin Peterson Sr. OH Bemidji State Hayfield, Minn.
Janell Powers Sr. MH SW Minnesota State Lohrville, Iowa
Sigourney Schaffer So. RS MSU Moorhead Redfield, S.D.
Kristin Smith Jr. S Bemidji State Rockford, Ill.
Courtney Syvertson Sr. MH MSU Moorhead Colfax, N.D.
Katie Timm Sr. MH Minnesota Duluth Anoka, Minn.
Val Wolf Sr. MH MSU Moorhead Beulah, N.D.

Coach of the Year: Brady Starkey, Concordia-St. Paul
Newcomer of the Year: Nicole Martin, UM Crookston
Defensive Specialist of the Year: Chelsea Meierotto, Minnesota Duluth
^Player of the Year; &Libero of the Year