Marauders bury Bemidji State, 3-1
Saturday, October 21, 2006
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- [box score] Despite a near comeback in game two and a game-three win, the Bemidji State University volleyball team was defeated by University of Mary (N.D.) Saturday, 3-1 (30-19, 32-30, 25-30, 30-22) at the BSU Gymnasium Saturday.

The Beavers attack was as effective as it has been in nearly a month collecting 56 kills and hitting at a .141 (56-29-191) clip as junior Brittney Burns (OH, LeSueur, Minn.) paced the team with 13 kills. Alaina Adams (Jr., OH, Halstad, Minn.) and Chelsea Utzerath (Jr., Opp., Beavers Dam. Wis.) each added 11 kills while Adams led the Beavers with a .300 hitting percentage (11-2-30).

Allison Hyatt (Jr., DS/L, MineCentre, Ont.) was the Beavers' leading defensive player equaling UM's Ashley Maas for a match-high 24 digs. Anna Leafblad (Fr., MB, Coon Rapids, Minn.) recorded her second straight match with a career-high four blocks pacing the Beavers at the net.

Setter Alicia Beaman (Jr., S, St. Paul Park, Minn.) collected 45 assists in the match and was also an active part of the BSU passing game netting 17 digs for her 11th double-double of the year. Burns added 16 digs per her team-leading 12th double-double.

The Marauders were led by the duo of Maas and Tanya Hensch who topped all players with 16 kills a piece. In addition to Maas' match-high dig total, defensively, Hensch posted eight total blocks as UM out blocked BSU 11-0 to 7.5.

The win is the first for Mary (N.D.) over BSU in Bemidji, Minn. and closes the gap for the lead in the all-time series to 5-4.

Bemidji State (7-22; 3-13 NSIC) wraps up its three-match home stand an 2006 home slate Tuesday when the Beavers welcome University of Minnesota, Crookston to the BSU Gymnasium for a 7 p.m. tilt. With both teams sitting at 3-13 this season in conference play, a berth in the 2006 NSIC Volleyball tournament could may very well be waiting the winner of the match while the loser stays home.