The Bemidji State University Volleyball team picked up a dominant 3-0 victory over the Minot State Beavers on Friday afternoon in their second game of the Dragon Classic at Alex Nemzek Hall in Moorhead, Minn. With the victory, the Beavers improve to 4-2 on the season. Minot State falls to 1-9 on the season.
“Northern State was a stronger opponent quite frankly,” said Bemidji State head coach Wayne Chadwick. “Minot State didn’t push us the way Northern State did but it was nice to see us bounce back and play like we are capable of playing. The first game was a little rocky but games two and three our ball control was there and we were getting some good swings. Now we have to figure out how to do that against a better quality opponent.”
The Beavers were led offensively by Nicole Olson’s (Sr., MB, Baudette, Minn.) 11 kills and .409 hitting percentage. Olson also chipped in three block assists. Nicole Solum (Sr., RS, Spokane, Wash.) had 10 kills and hit .400 for the match. Jessi-Beth McCannell (Jr., S, Brandon, Manitoba) had 33 assists on the match. Bemidji State hit .210 as a team, had 40 kills, seven team blocks and 61 digs.
Defensively, the Beavers were led by a balanced attack. Lindsey Weyer (Sr., OH/DS, Loyal, Wis.) had 14 digs, as did Laura Carlson (So., OH, Hutchinson, Minn.). Brie Groskreutz (Sr., Lib., Reedsburg, Wis.) finished with 12 digs. Groskreutz, the school’s all-time digs leader, had 43 digs in the two games on Friday. She has 117 digs in six matches this season and is averaging 5.32 digs per contest.
Minot State was led by Annie Assel’s eight kills. The MSU Beavers hit -.008 as a team. Setter Abbey Aide had 17 assists in the game. Jen Dixon picked up 19 digs in the contest.
In the first set of Friday afternoon’s match, BSU won 25-23. The Beavers were led by three players with three kills each.
In the second set, Olson led Bemidji State with six kills and a .600 hitting percentage. Bethany Thompson (So., OH/MB, Owatonna, Minn.) chipped in with four kills, while Solum had three on the game. McCannell had 14 assists in the game.
In the final set of play on Friday afternoon, the Beavers were led by Solum who hit .429 and had four kills. Carlson was strong defensively with nine digs. The team hit .258 in the final set against Minot State.
Bemidji State will continue at the Dragon Classic on Saturday. The Beavers will face Adelphi (N.Y.) at 10 a.m., at Nemzek Hall and then will battle the University of Sioux Falls at 6 p.m.