CROOKSTON, Minn. - The Bemidji State University Volleyball team picked up their seventh sweep of the season with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-16) victory over the University of Minnesota, Crookston on Saturday evening at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston, Minn. With the victory, the Beavers improve to 8-3 (2-1 NSIC). The Golden Eagles drop to 0-11 on the season (0-3 NSIC). BSU improves to 18-9 all-time against their foes from just down Highway 2.
The Beavers were led by 14 kills by Nicole Olson (Sr., MB, Baudette, Minn.). Olson hit an astounding .684 on 19 attempts for BSU. Kimberly Hacker (Jr., MB/RS, Hutchinson, Minn.) played her best offensive match of the season with a season-high 11 kills. Hacker hit .526 for the game. Bemidji State finished Saturday’s match with a .333 team attack percentage and 48 kills. Setter Jessi-Beth McCannell (Jr., Brandon, Manitoba) finished the day with 41 assists. McCannell has tallied five games this season with 40 or more assists.
Defensively, Brie Groskreutz (Sr., Lib., Loyal, Wis.) again led the way with 14 digs. Groskreutz the school’s all-time leader in digs is now up to 1,567 digs in her four-year career. The Beavers had four team blocks on the game.
The Golden Eagles were led offensively by freshman middle hitter Katie Miedtke with 10 kills. Setter Shannon Cologna finished the game with 21 assists.
Defensively, sophomore outside hitter Danielle Rueter had 14 digs for UM, Crookston. Freshman libero Chelsea Wiesner chipped in 13 digs for the Golden Eagles.
The seven 3-0 sweeps in 11 games for BSU is just one shy of the Beavers’ total of eight in 2009. Bemidji State’s 2-1 record in NSIC play marks their best record to start off conference play since the 2006 season when they went 2-1 with wins over Winona State and Upper Iowa and a loss to Concordia-St. Paul.
The Beavers will return to action on Tues., Sept. 21 when they face No. 4 Minnesota Duluth at BSU Gymnasium. Bemidji State will face three ranked opponents next week beginning with the Bulldogs. The Beavers will also host No. 14 Minnesota State on Fri., Sept. 24 and No. 5 Southwest Minnesota State on Sat., Sept. 25.