MOORHEAD, Minn. - The Bemidji State Volleyball team fell to NSIC foe Northern State in the first game of the Dragon Classic on Friday morning at Alex Nemzek Hall in Moorhead, Minn. The Wolves took the match from the Beavers 3-1 (25-23, 18-25, 25-20, 25-22). With the loss, BSU falls to 3-2 on the season.
Northern State was led by Kayla Ysteboe’s 13 kills and Ella Cambell’s 18 digs. Ysteboe hit .214 for the match. Northern State hit .088 for the game with 43 kills, 78 digs and five team blocks.
Bemidji State was led by Lindsey Weyer’s (Sr., OH/DS, Loyal, Wis.) 11 kills. Setter Jessi-Beth McCannell (Sr., Brandon, Manitoba) had 37 assists. Nicole Olson (Sr., MB, Baudette, Minn.) chipped in nine kills, two solo blocks and two block assists. Libero Brie Groskreutz had 31 digs. The Beavers hit .067 for the match with 45 kills, 87 digs and five team blocks.
“It was disappointing,” said Bemidji State head coach Wayne Chadwick. “Our effort and our energy level was disappointing. The third game we lost 25-20 after being up 14-8. If we win the game we are up 2-1 (in the match) instead of being down 2-1 and we are playing game five right now as we speak. I don’t want to take away from Northern State. They have a couple very good players. They are a big, physical team. I just would have liked to see us play better.”
Northern State won a highly-contested first set, 25-23. Amber Bloom paced the Wolves in the set with four kills and a .300 attack percentage. Weyer and Nicole Solum (Sr., RS, Spokane, Wash.) both had three kills in the set.
After losing the first game, BSU came back and won the second set, 25-18. In the set, Olson had three kills and hit .500. Kimberly Hacker (Jr., MB/RS, Hutchinson, Minn.) had three kills while hitting .429.
In the third set, Northern State came back after being down early in the set to go ahead of the Beavers 2-1 in the match. In the set, the Wolves hit .303 as a team with 12 kills. Megan Gilbraith and Ysteboe each had three kills. Bethany Thompson (So., OH/MB, Owatonna, Minn.) led BSU with five kills and a .333 hitting percentage.
The Wolves took the final set, 25-22, to win the match.
After the loss, the series record between the two conference foes moves to 33-27 in favor of the Beavers. Bemidji State will continue action at the Dragon Classic when they face Minot State at 3:30 p.m., at Nemzek Hall. BSU leads the all-time series with the Minot State Beavers 4-0.
“The biggest thing I want to see from the team this afternoon against Minot State is for us to be aggressive,” Chadwick said. “When you say aggressive people think about hitters but we also need to be more aggressive with serving and with our feet in terms of passing. We need put ourselves in a better position to deliver the ball to our setter. We need to be aggressive in all phases of the game.”