MARSHALL, Minn. -- For the third consecutive match, the Bemidji State University volleyball team has gone face-to-face with a nationally ranked opponent and lost 0-3. The Beavers couldn’t give the No. t-16 Southwest Minnesota State University a fright on Halloween Day and fell by the scores of 15-25, 15-25 and 13-25 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference match.
The Beavers (9-17, 6-9 NSIC) are now 0-10 against nationally ranked opponents this season and have lost three straight NSIC matches after posting three consecutive victories in conference play.
BSU never held a lead in the first set, quickly trailing 4-10 and couldn’t find away to get within four in the set, falling 15-25. The Mustangs kept rolling to start the second frame and jumped out to a 6-1 lead. BSU battled back and the next 14 points were split 7-7, giving SMSU a 13-8 advantage. The Mustangs then went on a 7-4 run to earn a commanding 20-11 lead. Five of the final nine points of the set went to SMSU and the Beavers were downed 15-25. BSU earned its first lead of the match in the third set at 2-1. With the score tied at six, the Mustangs went on a 9-3 stretch to run out to a 15-9 lead. SMSU proved to be too much in the final set, taking 10 of the last 14 points and defeating the Beavers 25-13.
Junior Nicole Solum (RS, Spokane, Wash.) had a team-high nine kills in the match. Sophomore setterCourtney Bitter (Bemidji, Minn.) posted her 11th double-double of the season with 23 set assists and 11 digs. Junior Brie Groskreutz (OH, Reedsburg, Minn.) had a match-high 18 digs. With 1,249 career digs, Groskreutz is now sixth on BSU’s career digs chart (since 1980). BSU only hit .068 in the match, its fourth match of the season hitting under.100. SMSU posted a .258 attacking percentage and had 45 kills.
The Beavers host St. Cloud State University Nov. 3 at the BSU Gymnasium at 7 p.m.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).