Beavers fall to Dragons in conference home opener
Friday, September 18, 2009

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University volleyball team fell to Minnesota State University Moorhead, 0-3 (21-25, 18-25, 21-25), in its first home and first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference match of the 2009 campaign. The Beavers (3-8, 0-1 NSIC) beat themselves, as the team posted a season-low .059 attacking percentage and a season-high 27 attacking errors. The Dragons (12-3, 2-0 NSIC) posted just a .173 attacking percentage, but countered that mark with 11 team blocks and six service aces to BSU’s five and two, respectively. The loss continues the Beavers’ losing skid to seven straight.

In the first set, the two teams traded points early and were squared at 13-13, but MSUM went on a run and took a 18-13 lead. The Dragons never looked back and took the first set. The second set started like the first ended, as the Dragons flew out to a 6-0 lead. The Beavers fought back and got as close as two at 15-17, but would only muster three more points in the set. In the third set, it looked like BSU had finally found a rhythm and held the lead all the way to 15-15. Unfortunately, at 16-16, MSUM’s Mary Sussenguth , who had served in the Dragons’ run in the first set, came to the service line and pushed the MSUM to a 20-16 lead. The run deflated the Beavers and MSUM came away with a three-set sweep.

Sophomore Courtney Bitter (S, Bemidji, Minn.) had 25 set assists in the match and added a team-high 11 digs for her eighth double-double of the season. Only one player on either team made it to double digits in kills and that was a Dragon. BSU’s leader was junior Nicole Olson (MB, Baudette, Minn.), who posted eight kills and also lead the team in blocks with five (3 bs, 2 ba).

BSU continues NSIC play and its home portion of the schedule, Sept. 19, against the University of Minnesota Crookston at 3 p.m.

NOTES: Head Coach Laurie Bitter is 1-2 in home/NSIC openers...BSU is 0-6 when losing the first set.

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).