Bemidji State falls to Upper Iowa
Saturday, September 26, 2009

FAYETTE, Iowa -- The Bemidi State University volleyball team finished a three-match road trip that spanned three states in five days with a 0-3 (23-25, 26-28, 16-25) loss to Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference foe Upper Iowa University. The Beavers (5-10, 2-3 NSIC) are 2-7 this season in matches that end in three sets.

The first two sets could have gone either way. In the first, BSU got down early and didn’t earn the lead until 22-21. The Beavers worked hard to get back in the set, but the Peacocks were able to use two of their eight service aces to help them make the final push and win the set 25-23. The second set went into extra points, much like two of the sets from the Beavers’ match from the night before against Winona State, but this time BSU was on the other side of the winners net. The Beavers let the set slip away, as they held a 21-16 lead, just four points from the set. A 7-2 run by UIU tied the set at 23-23 and the Peacocks avoided two set points from BSU to earn the 28-26 victory. The loss completely took any wind out of the Beavers’ sails and BSU lost the final set 16-25.

Three Beavers posted double-digits in digs, led by freshman Samantha Hertaus’ (libero, New Prague, Minn.) 14. Junior Brie Groskreutz (OH, Reedsburg, Minn.) posted 12 and is five digs shy of tying for 10th on BSU’s career digs list (since 1980). Freshman Laura Carlson (OH, Hutchinson, Minn.) had 10 digs. Junior Nicole Olson (MB, Baudette, Minn.) had a team-high 10 kills and was the only Beaver to post double digits in kills. She also had three blocks (2 bs, 1 ba). Sophomore Laura Slinger (OH, Faribault, Minn.) had a team-high four blocks, all block assists. Sophomore Courtney Bitter (S, Bemidji, Minn.) had 37 set assists and nine digs.

NOTES: The Beavers are now 9-2 all-time against the Peacocks...Over the weekend, Bitter moved to eighth all-time on the career assists list (since 1980) with 1,383, surpassing Kristy Grann (1990-91), who posted 1,343 assists in her career.

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