MOORHEAD, Minn. – The Bemidji State University Volleyball team picked up a 3-0 win (25-22, 25-15, 25-18) over Adelphi University on Saturday morning at Alex Nemzek Hall on the second day of the Dragon Classic in Moorhead, Minn. With the victory the Beavers improve to 5-2 on the season. The Panthers of Adelphi fall to 2-4 on the young season. Adelphi has been to regional tournament in each of the last three seasons.
BSU was led offensively by Bethany Thompson (So., OH/MB, Owatonna, Minn.) with 10 kills and a .360 hitting percentage. Reigning Beaver Pride Female Athlete of the Week Lindsey Weyer (Sr., OH/DS, Loyal, Wis.) also notched 10 kills on the contest. Kimberly Hacker (Jr., MB/RS, Hutchinson, Minn.) had seven kills and hit .538 for the match. The Beavers had a .290 attack percentage for the match. Jessi-Beth McCannell (Jr., S, Brandon, Manitoba) had 33 assists on the match.
Libero Brie Groskreutz (Sr., Reedsburg, Wis.) led BSU defensively with 13 digs. Laura Carlson (So., OH, Hutchinson, Minn.) chipped in with 10 digs.
“I thought we played much better today,” said Bemidji State head coach Wayne Chadwick. “We executed at a much higher level. Adelphi is a good little team. They don’t always look as polished as some other teams. They are a good defensive team. They were able to keep a lot of balls in play with hustle. We stayed within ourselves and I thought our servicing really improved from yesterday and that is key for us.”
The Panthers were held to a .181 hitting percentage on the match. Hilary Pavels led the team with 10 kills and a .286 attack percentage. Setter Heather Mau had 30 assists.
With the victory, BSU stands at 2-1 at the Dragon Classic. The Beavers split matches on Friday, losing 3-1 to fellow NSIC member Northern State but came back in the night cap to sweep Minot State, 3-0. Saturday’s victory over Adelphi marks the second-consecutive sweep for Bemidji State and the fourth of the season. BSU swept both Dickinson State and Black Hills State at the Blue Hawk Tournament in Dickinson, N.D., last weekend.
The Beavers will wrap up play at the Dragon Classic on Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m., against the University of Sioux Falls. The match will mark the first meeting between BSU and USF.
“I think the Sioux Falls match from our side we need to do the same things that we did against Adelphi,” Chadwick said. “We are going to have to continue to play good defense like we have all weekend. I haven’t had the chance to see Sioux Falls much this weekend but I expect to see some good things from them.