Minnesota, Crookston taints BSU’s 2006 home finale, 3-2
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- [box score] The Bemidji State University volleyball team ran out of steam Tuesday, evening dropping its 2006 home finale to University of Minnesota, Crookston, 3-2 (30-26, 30-21, 28-30, 16-30, 15-9). The loss most likely drops the Beavers to the eighth seed in the up coming Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament.

After digging themselves out of a 0-2 hole to send the match to a fifth game, the Beavers could not string together enough points to earn a win in the match hitting a match-low .048 (5-6-21) in the final stanza.

Brittney Burns (Jr., OH, LeSueur, Minn.) swung 59 times Tuesday earning her place atop the BSU all-time single-season attack list with 1,219, surpassing Molly Heisenfelt’s 1990 mark of 1,205, en route to leading all players with 21 kills. She added 14 digs to claim her team-leading 13 13th double-double of the season. Setter Alicia Beaman (Jr., St. Paul Park, Minn.) also posted double-double numbers combining a season-high 58 assists with 11 digs for her 12th of 2006.

Helping Burns on the attack, Alaina Adams (Jr., OH, Halstad, Minn.) posted a career-best 17 kills and hit for a team-best .356 (17-1-45) hitting percentage. Jennifer Janckila (So., MB, Appleton, Wis.) added 12 kills, led the Beavers’ block effort and equaled a career-high with five blocks on the night.

Brie Groskreutz (Fr., OH, Reedsburg, Wis.) finished the match as the Beavers’ top passer leading all players with 25 kills and along with Burns and Beaman, who each posted three service aces, helped BSU to a season-best 13 service aces.

The Golden Eagles were led by Theresa Crance who netted 19 kills while hitting at a efficient .412 clip (19-5-34). Erin Flynn and Heather Foreman each added 18 kills while Flynn contributed 14 digs and a match-best seven blocks.

The Beavers looked lethargic from the first serve.

The Golden Eagles rattled off eight of the first nine in game one points and BSU would never recover.

Bemidji State scored seven of eight late in the match to come within two points (26-24) and then cut the UMC lead to one an Adams’ kills, but Minnesota, Crookston finished the game with three straight points to take the game 30-26.

Game two was more of the same for the Beavers who spotted the Golden Eagles two points to begin the match.

Although BSU knotted the game at 2-2, they would never be able to take the lead and played the rest of the game from behind dropping the game 30-21.

From the outset, game three was different.

BSU took a 4-0 lead on the serve of Groskreutz. It would build the advantage to as many as five (10-5) before UMC would score seven of the next nine points to shrink the BSU lead to 13-11.

After a run of five points capped by a pair of Beaman aces put BSU up 22-15 and forced the Golden Eagles into a timeout, BSU looked to be in the drivers seat. UMC, however, had another idea. It came out of the break to net nine of the next 12 points and come to within one point (25-24) of the Beavers.

The teams traded points through the end of the game, but a pair of UMC errors would help BSU to build the needed two-point cushion (29-27) and after a BSU service error, freshman Anna Leafblad (MB, Coon Rapids, Minn.) earned a win for BSU with one of her four kills on the night, 30-28.

Game four began very evenly-played. But with the score tied at 10-10, the Beavers used a pair of Burns service aces to spark a 20-6 run to earn a win, 30-16, and send the match to a fifth and deciding game.

The final game got underway with a BSU error and the Beavers never seemed to recover. The team battled back to even the score to 3-3, but the Golden Eagles consistently found holes in the BSU defense pounding nine kills in the final match while hitting .300 (9-3-20) to gain the game five victory, 15-9, and the match , 3-2.

UMC extends its winnings streak over BSU to seven matches with the victory and closes the gap in the all-time series to 14-8.

Dropping to No. 9 in the NSIC standings after the loss and just one match remaining on the 2006 slate, BSU will most likely claim the No. 8 seed in the conference tournament to be played Nov. 2-4 at Gangelhoff Center on the campus of the regular-season champion and No. 1 seed Concordia University-St. Paul. The Beavers would then draw the Golden Bears in the first round with the time of the match to be decided later.

Bemidji State (7-23; 3-13 NSIC) wraps up its 2006 regular-season with a 7 p.m. match at Minnesota State University Moorhead Friday evening.