GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- In its final nonconference match of the season and first against a Division I opponent, the Bemidji State University volleyball team fell to the University of North Dakota, 3-0 (23-25, 15-25, 17-25), in a match played at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center, Tuesday. BSU finishes the 2009 nonconference season with a 3-8 record.
The Beavers’ (7-14, 4-6 NSIC) best chance to take a set was in the first frame. BSU battled with UND in the first, with the two teams tied-up six times before either team could reach 10 points. North Dakota broke out to a 10-8 lead, but BSU bounced back and tied the match 12-12. UND grabbed a 15-12 lead after the tie, but the Beavers came back to tie the match at 16-16 and then kept rolling to a 22-19 advantage. North Dakota took a timeout and it proved to slow down the Beavers, as BSU came out of the break and gave two points to UND with two attacking errors. The home team tied the match and found a way to win the race to 25 and won the first set.
In the second set, the Beavers got down 2-7 early after UND went on a 5-0 run. BSU never would recover and could only get within four and lost the set 15-25. The Beavers hung with North Dakota at the start of the third frame, but UND jumped out to a 11-5 lead. The road team didn’t give-up and cut the deficit to three at 13-16. North Dakota’s offensive attack proved to be too much for BSU and UND went on a 9-3 run to cap the set and take the match 3-0. North Dakota used a .330 attacking percentage in the match to defeat BSU. The Beavers could only muster a .116 attacking percentage with 31 kills.
UND’s defense didn’t allow a BSU hitter to reach 10 kills and sophomore Courtney Bitter’s (S, Bemidji, Minn.) only had 22 set assists. Freshman Laura Carlson (OH, Hutchinson, Minn.) was the lone Beaver to reach double-digits in digs with 13. Junior Nicole Olson (MB, Baudette, Minn.) led BSU in blocks with three (1 ba, 2 bs). Junior Brie Groskreutz (OH, Reedsburg, Minn.) had nine digs, good enough to move into seventh on BSU’s career digs chart with 1,171 career digs.
The Beavers finished their four-match road trip with a 1-3 record. BSU hosts its next three matches, starting Oct. 16 with Northern State.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).