No. 5 Minnesota Duluth sweeps Bemidji State at home
Tuesday, October 3, 2006
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- [box score] The Bemidji State University volleyball team dropped a non-conference affair to No. 5 University of Minnesota Duluth in three games (30-17, 30-19, 30-19) Tuesday evening at the BSU Gymnasium.

The Bulldogs hit for .330 (54-16-115) as a team en route to their 15 consecutive win over BSU while improving the school's all-time record versus BSU to 82-9-1.

Bemidji State was led by Alaina Adams (Jr., Halstad, Minn.) who posted seven kills while freshman Allison Kunde (Burnsville, Minn.) collected four kills on six attempts for a career-best .667 (4-0-6) hitting percentage.

Defensively, Allison Hyatt (Jr., DS, MineCentre, Ont.) led all BSU players with 11 digs while Jennifer Janckila (So., MB, Appleton, Wis.) caused havoc for the UMD attackers equaling a career-high five blocks (1bs-4ba) as the beavers matched the Bulldogs' seven total blocks in the loss.

Junior All-American Vickey Braegelmann exhibited just why she has been selected as one of the best outside hitters in the country each of the last two seasons posting a match-high 20 kills on an efficient .621 hitting percentage (20-2-29). Kari Wolford added 10 kills and 12 digs to post the only double-double of the match. Chelsea Meierotto led all players with 23 defensive saves.

The Bulldogs charged out of the gate to put BSU in an early 4-0 hole on a pair of Braegelmann kills.

BSU would close to within two points (5-7), but UMD countered with three straight tallies and eight of the next 10 points to increase its cushion to 15-8.

The visitors would continue to apply pressure and would use a pair of BSU errors to spark a five-point run to take game one, 30-17.

In game two, Minnesota Duluth scored 11 of the first 14 points and would not look back. The team took a 2-0 lead in the match with a 30-19 victory in game two.

The Beavers lit the scoreboard first in the third stanza turning the tables on UMD. Freshman Marissa Hinshaw (MB, Anchorage, Alaska) collected one of her four kills for the first point and would give the Beavers a 2-0 lead with a service ace.

UMD bounced back to tie the game 3-3 and the teams would trade points and the lead for the next 14 points, but with the score knotted at 10-10 the Bulldogs began to pull away using a Wolford kill as a spring board for a six-point scoring string (15-10).

Bemidji State would close the deficit to within three points (14-17) later in the match, but that was as close as it would be as UMD went on to take the game and the match with a 30-19 game-three win.

Tuesday's contest marks the 21st time BSU has run into a nationally-ranked opponent in four seasons under Head Coach Kim Falkenhagen. The Beavers continue to search for their first win versus the top-25 under Falkenhagen and is 2-55 versus the best in the land all-time.

Bemidji State (6-15; 2-7 NSIC) will attempt to put an end to its current 10-match losing skid this weekend when it travels to Moorhead, Minn. for the second Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Challenge of the season. The Beavers are set to battle Upper Iowa University Friday at 6 p.m. and Winona State University and No. 7 Concordia-St. Paul Saturday at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. respectively.