Burns leads Beavers to 3-2 victory over Upper Iowa
Friday, October 6, 2006
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- [box score] The Bemidji State University volleyball team was defeated by Winona State University, 3-0 (30-24, 30-26, 30-16), Saturday afternoon in the team's second match of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Challenge at Alex Nemzek Gymnasium in Moorhead, Minn.

Brittney Burns (Jr., OH, LeSueur, Minn.) paced a BSU attack that managed just 36 kills with 16 while hitting a team-best .324 (16-4-37). Alaina Adams (Jr., OH, Halstad, Minn.) and Jennifer Janckila (So., MB, Appleton, Wis.) each contributed seven kills of their own to account for the bulk of the Beavers' offense.

Defensively, the BSU out-dug the Warriors led by a career-effort from Laura Vonasek (Fr., DS/L, East Grand Forks, Minn.). The newcomer managed a match-high 17 digs besting her previous career mark of 16 set during last night's match versus Upper Iowa University. On the block, Janckila was the Beavers' most effective deterrent collecting a pair of block assists.

Kiersten Arendt led the Warriors with 13 kills, four blocks and hit .385 (13-3-26) in the match. Rudi Balich topped the Warriors' dig list with 16 while setter Lisa Dobie collected 11 digs to combine with 40 assists for the only double-double of the match.

The Warrior serve had BSU baffled all afternoon as five WSU players each registered a pair of service aces for a total of 10 on the day.

WSU closes the gap in the all-time series to 43-36 and is now 12-10 all-time when facing the Beavers in a neutral setting.

WSU improves to 14-10 overall and evens its league record to 6-6 with the win.

Bemidji State (7-16; 3-8 NSIC) will complete challenge play by battling No. 7 Concordia University-St. Paul at 6 p.m. Saturday evening. The match is set for Minnesota State University, Moorhead's Alex Nemzek Gymnasium.