Northern State battles back for 3-1 win over Beavers
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Northern State battles back for 3-1 win over Beavers
ABERDEEN, S.D. -- [box score] The Bemidji State University volleyball team was handed its 11 loss of the season Saturday afternoon despite a career all-around match by freshman outside hitter Brie Groskreutz (Reedsburg, Wis.). Northern State University battled back from a 1-0 deficit to take the final three games of the match to move to 9-7 overall and 4-3 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play with the 3-1 (22-30, 30-25, 30-13, 30-25). The Beavers fall to 6-11 on the season and 2-5 within the league.

Groskreutz led BSU on the attack posting 14 kills on 34 attempts while committing just one error for a team-best and career-high hitting percentage of .386. She added 26 defensive saves marking her second consecutive match with at least 25 digs to account for her four double-double of 2006.

Alaina Adams (Jr., OH, Halstad, Minn.) and Brittney Burns (Jr., OH, LeSueur, Minn.) added double-figure kill totals of 13 and 11 respectively. Burns also contributed 18 digs and four blocks in the loss.

Kelsey Aden and Odemaris Diaz paced the Wolves with 13 kills apiece while setter Kelly Heier posted a double-double with 38 assists and a team-best 21 digs.

The Beavers offensive attack sputtered for the second straight road contest hitting just .031 as a team (49-43-192). Although the Wolves were not much better on the attack, they posted 54 kills on 182 attempts while committing 24 kills for a team hitting percentage of .159.

The BSU loss shrinks the Beavers' lead in the all-time series to 31-20 while NSU has defeated BSU in each of the last three contests and in nine of the last 14 dating back to the 1999 season.

The Beavers (6-11; 2-5 NSIC) will attempt to put an end to their current six-match losing skid Sept. 26 when they travel west to Crookston, Minn. to battle University of Minnesota, Crookston in a 7 p.m. NSIC contest.