SW-Minnesota State Earns 3-0 Homecoming Win Over Bemidji State
Friday, October 1, 2004
MARSHALL, Minn. - The Beavers have had enough trouble playing on the road in recent years as the team is 1-3 as the visitor this year and 3-12 on the road in two season under Falkenhagen. So packing a venue with fans rabid with Homecoming spirit makes a BSU victory that much more difficult. That was exactly the scenario the Beavers walked into Friday when they traveled to Marshall, Minn. to take on Southwest Minnesota State University. The Mustangs loaded close to 300 spectators into the P/E Gymnasium to see SMSU take BSU down 3-0 ( 30-21, 30-25, 31-29).

The Beavers continued to struggle generating an offensive attack. Friday the Mustangs held BSU to a .140 hitting percentage including holding the Beavers to less than .087 in each of the first two games. Bemidji State came around offensively in the third game collecting 16 kills on 43 attempts while committing five errors for a .256 hitting percentage. The improved attack allowed the Beavers to push SMSU to 31-29 in the final game but it was too little too late as the Mustangs walked away with the 3-0 win.

Senior Heather Haugen (Lanesboro, Minn.) paced the Beavers collecting nine kills while posting a .300 hitting percentage (9k-3e-20att). Fellow senior Kelly Piper (Eagan, Minn.) returned to the BSU line-up to record eight kills after sitting out the last two matches due to injury.

Defensively, Bemidji State collected 6.5 blocks led by a senior Kristin Engman (Virginia, Minn.), freshman Brittney Carlson (New Prague, Minn.) and Haugen who each finished with three blocks. BSU also had a trio of student-athletes make in excess of ten digs. Senior Kristin Smith posted 11 digs to top the team. She add 30 assists from the setter position.

Megan Wendorff led SMSU posting a match-high 20 kills and .385 hitting percentage (20k-5e-39att). Kristie Kaukola collected a career-high 50 assists while Erin Contons and Heather Smith each made 13 digs to lead the Mustangs.

The loss drops Bemidji State to 6-9 overall while the team is 2-3 in NSIC play. The Beavers will be back in action Saturday afternoon when they travel to Wayne, Neb. to battle Wayne State College at 4:00 p.m.