Bemidji State Sweeps North Dakota in Grand Forks
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - In its final non-conference tilt of 2004, the Bemidji State University volleyball team (9-17; 2-8 NSIC) walked out of the Betty Engelstad Sports Complex Tuesday with a 3-0 (30-27, 30-26, 30-17) win over the University of North Dakota (8-16; 0-8 NCC). The sweep on the road marks the first for BSU since the team defeated the University of Wisconsin-Superior in straight games Sept. 28th. Senior Heather Haugen (Lanesboro, Minn.) paced the Beavers collecting a season-high 23 kills and 10 digs for her fourth double-double of the season.

BSU out-hit its opponent for the first time in nearly a month (UW-Superior 9/28/04) as the team recorded a .215 hitting percentage to North Dakota's .119 while collecting 51 kills. Haugen helped boost the Beavers over the .200 mark, hitting .296 (23k-7e-54att).

The stingy BSU defense did not allow a single Sioux player to attain more than nine kills. The Beavers' floor defense was a big reason for that, digging 60 UND attempts. Senior Kristine Engman (Virginia, Minn.) became the fourth BSU player to record 300 or more digs in three consecutive seasons with a match-high, 21-dig performance. In addition to Engman and Haugen, fellow senior Kelly Piper (Eagan, Minn.) reached a double-digit dig total with 10. Also pitching in on defense was the current NSIC Defensive Player of the Week, senior setter Kristin Smith (Rockford, Ill.) who led BSU on the block, coming just one shy of her career-high with four.

BSU also turned in one of its better serving performances of the season. Freshman Brittney Burns (Henderson, Minn.) served a match-high three of the team's seven service aces while committing five service errors.

Freshman standout Tara Holmen led the Sioux with 9 kills on 21 attempts for a .238 hitting percentage. Nicole Delahanty collected a team-high 20 digs.

The victory gives the Beavers a 27-26 lead in the all-time series between the teams and ends a five-match losing streak to UND dating back to the 1998 season.

Bemidji State in now 9-17 overall and 2-8 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play. The Beavers will be back in action Friday (Oct. 29) as they travel to Moorhead, Minn. to take on nationally-ranked Minnesota State University-Moorhead. The match is set to begin at 7:00 Alex Nemzek Hall.