MOORHEAD, Minn. - The Bemidji State University Volleyball team fell to Minnesota State University Moorhead, 3-1 (25-21, 20-25, 23-25, 18-25) on Fri., Sept. 17 at Alex Nemzek Hall in Moorhead, Minn. With the loss, BSU falls to 7-3 (1-1 NSIC) on the season. MSU Moorhead improves to 6-4 (2-0 NSIC) on the year. The Beavers won the first game of the match but were unable to overcome the Dragons in the final three games.
“We got off to slow starts in each of the first three sets tonight,” said Bemidji State head coach Wayne Chadwick. “We were able to come back from being down early in the first set but were unable to do that in the other games. Tonight was really just a question of our own execution and aggressiveness. MSU Moorhead deserves a lot of credit. They have a very good offensive team but if we aren’t going to be in system our ball control has to be on and for a lot of portions tonight it wasn’t.”
MSU Moorhead was led by Laura Tvrdik’s 14 kills and .321 hitting percentage. Heidi Lensing chipped in 12 kills for the Dragons. Setter Leigh Splittstoesser had 26 assists, while Anna Olson had 22 assists.
Defensively, Ashley Pyfferoen and Katy Ness each had 20 digs, while Tvrdik had eight blocks for MSU Moorhead.
Senior Nicole Olson (MB, Baudette, Minn.) led the Beavers with 14 kills and a .290 hitting percentage. Bethany Thompson (So., MB/OH, Owatonna, Minn.) chipped in 10 kills, while Nicole Solum (Sr., RS, Seattle, Wash.) had eight kills. Setter Jessi-Beth McCannell (Jr., Brandon, Manitoba) finished with 43 assists.
“I thought both Nicole Olson and Nicole Solum had very good nights for us,” Chadwick said. “Nicole Solum probably saw more sets tonight than she has all season and she put in a good match.”
Brie Groskreutz (Sr., Lib., Reedsburg, Wis.) had 28 digs in the match. Olson and Thompson each had one solo block and three block assists.
Friday’s loss ended BSU’s streak of games at 13 after winning the first set against the Dragons. The streak was the longest for the Beavers since 1989.
The Bemidji State Beavers will return to action on Sat., Sept. 18 at 4 p.m., against the University of Minnesota, Crookston on the road.
“This one is over,” Chadwick said. “Hopefully we learned some things and we can just get ready to play UM, Crookston tomorrow.”