BEMIDJI, Minn. --Nicole Olson (Sr., MB, Baudette, Minn.) became the eighth member of the 1,000 kills club in the third set on Friday night against the No. 12 Minnesota State University, Mankato but the Beavers were unable to come away with the victory in the match. The Mavericks won 3-1 over BSU. Olson’s 1,000th kill energized the crowd and the team as the Beavers went on to take the third set in dominant fashion, 25-13, after being down 2-0 in the match. However, Bemidji State was unable to take the fourth set and lost the match. BSU falls to 8-5 (2-3 NSIC). MSU improves to 10-2 (2-2 NSIC).
The Beavers were led by Olson’s 13 kills on the night. She hit .156 on the match. Bethany Thompson (So., OH/MB, Owatonna, Minn.) chipped in with nine kills, while Lindsey Weyer (Sr., OH/DS, Loyal, Wis.) and Kimberly Hacker (Jr., MB/RS, Hutchinson, Minn.) each had eight kills. Setter Jessi-Beth McCannell (Jr., Brandon, Manitoba) finished with 35 assists. BSU hit .164 for the match.
Defensively, Brie Groskreutz (Sr., Lib., finished with 18 digs on the night. Thompson had two block assists.
The Mavericks were led by Amanda Beekman and Kimber Kuhl. Each player tallied 11 kills on the night. Beekman hit .241 for the match. Setter Brittany Stamer had 43 assists for the night. MSU finished the match with 51 kills and a .229 attack percentage.
Samantha Dale and Alli Rice each had 15 digs on the match. Chelsea Fogarty and Brittany Stamer chipped in 10 digs each.
The Beavers fall to 18-28 all-time against their NSIC foes from Mankato.
Olson finished the night at 1,006 career kills which currently ranks eighth on BSU’s career kills list. Olson needs 27 kills to move past Diane Glampe (1986-89) in seventh place. Peggy Hammel-Moran (1996-99) is the all-time kills leader at BSU with 1,300.
BSU will wrap up a tough stretch of ranked opponents on Saturday at 4 p.m., when they host No. 4 Southwest Minnesota State. The Mustangs fell in a five-set thriller to No. 2 Minnesota Duluth on Friday night. -bsu-