Bemidji State Finds a Place in Regional Poll Beavers Ranked in the North Central Region for the First Time Since 1999
Tuesday, October 12, 2004
BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University volleyball team received a No. 10 ranking in the most recent NCAA Division II North Central Regional Poll, announced Monday by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). The ranking is thought to be the first for the Beavers since the team was selected to the No. 6 spot in the final regional poll of the 1999 season.

This year the Beavers are 2-9 within the region with a 6-13 overall record and 2-6 mark in NSIC competition. With eight matches versus regional opponents and four against opponents ranked higher than BSU left on the 2004 schedule, the Beavers will have plenty of opportunities to climb in the poll. An ascension in the region is exactly what Bemidji State needs as this year’s national tournament field has expanded to 64 teams awarding the top eight teams from each of the NCAA’s eight regions that meet the NCAA Division II Championship qualifications a bid into the tournament.

The 2004 North Central Regional tournament will take place at the home venue of the region’s top-ranked team. If the Beavers make the tournament it will mark the first time the school has participated in Division II post-season play. BSU participated in the NAIA District 13 tournament three times (1987, 1988, 1989), but has failed to make the tournament since the school made the transition to the NCAA Division II ranks in 1992.

The North Central Region is comprised of institutions from the North Central and Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conferences. The teams are ranked by a committee of member-coaches assembled by the AVCA.

BSU will be back in action Tuesday when it faces the University of Minnesota-Crookston in North Central Regional Action. The match is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Bemidji High School Gym.