MOORHEAD, Minn. – The Bemidji State Beavers ended the Dragon Classic with their third 3-0 sweep (25-11, 25-15, 25-15) of the tournament after defeating the University of Sioux Falls on Saturday afternoon at Alex Nemzek Hall in Moorhead, Minn. The Beavers end the weekend with a 6-2 overall record and went 3-1 in tournament play. Sioux Falls falls to 11-7 on the season with Saturday night’s loss.
Offensively BSU was led by Nicole Olson (Sr., MB, Baudette, Minn.) in Saturday’s night match. Olson had 14 kills and hit .433 for the match. Bethany Thompson (So., OH/MB, Owatonna, Minn.) finished a strong showing Saturday with 13 kills and .265 hitting percentage. Thompson ended the day with 24 kills. Setter Jessi-Beth McCannell (Jr., S, Brandon, Manitoba) finished with 42 assists on the match. The Beavers hit .262 as a team.
Defensively, Brie Groskreutz (Sr., Lib., Reedsburg, Wis.) finished with 18 digs. Groskreutz finished the tournament averaging 5.7 digs per game. Also, Lindsey Weyer (Sr., OH/DS, Loyal, Wis.) had 13 digs and Laura Carlson (So., OH, Hutchinson, Minn.) had 11 digs.
Groskreutz and Olson were named to the All-Dragon Classic Tournament team for their efforts over the weekend.
“I thought our execution level and passing was a lot better today,” said Bemidji State head coach Wayne Chadwick. “Bethany Thompson had a great day. Olson and Brie both had very good days as well. Sioux Falls is not a bad team. They have a couple kids that can really play. Their libero, of course I’m biased toward Brie, but I think besides Brie she (Rachel Heeney) was probably the best libero at the tournament. She was dynamite.”
USF was led by libero Rachel Heeney’s 27 digs. Offensively, Kaprice Glover led the Cougars with eight kills. Bemidji State held Sioux Falls to a .079 hitting percentage on the match.
The sweep against the Cougars is BSU’s fifth 3-0 victory of the season and was their third-consecutive after defeating Minot State on Friday and Adelphi on Saturday morning by the same tally. The Beavers’ only loss of the tournament came to NSIC foe Northern State in the first match of the Dragon Classic.
“You’ve got to take the good with the bad,” Chadwick said. “I wish we would have had a little bit better effort against Northern State, especially in a nonconference match, to start to send a message that we are going to be a player in the league. I’m not saying that is a match we should have won but with a little better effort I think it is a match we could have won. After that, Minot State, Adelphi and Sioux Falls were all 3-0 wins so I can’t complain after the first match.”
The Beavers will return home for their home opener on Tues., Sept. 14 at 7 p.m., at the BSU Gymnasium against the University of Mary. The match will also serve as the conference opener for the Beavers.