SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The Bemidji State University Volleyball team fell 3-1 (9-25, 14-25, 25-22, 24-26) to Augustana College on Fri., Oct. 1 at the Elmen Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. The Beavers went down in the match 2-0 but rallied from being down 16-8 to take the third set. In the fourth set, the Beavers had two opportunities for game point but the Vikings won four-straight points to take the set and the match. With the loss, BSU falls to 8-7 (2-5 NSIC). Augustana improves to 9-6 (5-1 NSIC).
“Tonight was a real tale of two matches for us as a team,” said Bemidji State head coach Wayne Chadwick “In the first two games we were quiet and flat. Then in the third game Laura Carlson (So., DS/OH, Hutchinson, Minn.) serves point after point for us and all of a sudden we are energetic and competitive. We should have had the fourth game but unfortunately were unable to come away with it.”
The Vikings dominated the first two sets against BSU on Friday, 25-9, 25-14. In the third set, Bemidji State found themselves down 16-8 but won nine-straight points using two kills apiece from Nicole Olson (Sr., MB, Baudette, Minn.) and Bethany Thompson (So.,OH/MB, Owatonna, Minn.) and the Beavers forced five attack errors by Augustana during the run.
After taking the third set, BSU was down 8-3 in the fourth set before a fire alarm forced the game to be suspended for 22 minutes. After the restart, the Beavers outscored the Vikings 21 to 14 and had game point 24-22. However, Augustana took the next four points from BSU to take the set, 26-24, and the match, 3-1.
The Vikings held the Beavers to a .026 attack percentage on the match. Bemidji State was led by Olson’s 11 kills, one solo block and four block assists. Thompson ended the game with six kills. Setter Jessi-Beth McCannell (Jr., Brandon, Manitoba) finished the night with 25 assists.
Defensively, Brie Groskreutz (Sr., Lib., Reedsburg, Wis.) delivered another solid night in the back row for the Beavers with 27 digs. Lindsey Weyer (Sr., DS/OH, Loyal, Wis.) chipped in 14 digs, while Carlson tallied nine digs.
“I was extremely pleased with the play of both Brie Groskreutz and Laura Carlson,” Chadwick said. “If Brie isn’t out there digging all of the balls in the third and fourth sets we don’t even have a chance. As for Laura, she has played extremely well for us over the last couple of weeks. She did a great job for us from the service line and defensively. She had nine digs and is only in three rotations for us, so she has been very productive when she is in there.”
Augustana was led offensively by Jordan Spatenka’s 16 kills and .433 hitting percentage. The Vikings finished the night hitting .201 as a team. Freshman Lindsey Petersen had 12 kills and Brianna Erickson chipped in nine kills. Setter Dani Haley had 41 assists on the game.
Defensively, libero Grace Sanders tallied 27 digs. Kayla Wallerich added 15 digs, while Erickson had 12 digs. Erickson also led Augustana’s block with 1 solo and four assists.
The Vikings’ only loss in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference entering Friday’s match came to No. 2 Wayne State, 3-0. The Beavers will face the Wildcats on Saturday at 4 p.m., in Wayne, Neb. Wayne State is coming off a 3-1 upset over No. 1 Minnesota Duluth in a battle of the undefeated on Friday.