WAYNE, Neb. -- The Bemidji State University volleyball squad fell at the hands of No. 2 Wayne State College (Neb.) on Saturday afternoon at Rice Auditorium in Wayne, Neb. The loss is the fifth straight in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play for the Beavers. It also serves as their fourth loss to a ranked foe this year.
BSU falls to 8-8 on the year (2-6 NSIC). The Wildcats improve to 16-0 (7-0 NSIC). Wayne State defeated No. 1 Minnesota Duluth on Friday and look primed to take the No. 1 spot when the new AVCA poll comes out on Monday. Saturday’s loss was only the second sweep of the season handed out to Bemidji State.
The Beavers were led offensively by Nicole Olson’s (Sr., MB, Baudette, Minn.)12 kills and .222 hitting percentage. Nicole Solum (Sr., RS, Spokane, Wash.) added eight kills and hit .227 for the afternoon, while Bethany Thompson (So., OH/MB, Owatonna, Minn.) chipped in with nine kills. Setter Jessi-Beth McCannell (Jr., Brandon, Manitoba) had 31 assists on the game and was also a stalwart for BSU defensively with 19 digs. Laura Carlson (So., DS/OH, Hutchinson, Minn.) added 11 digs and Brie Groskreutz (Sr., Lib., Reedsburg, Wis.) had 10 digs for the Beavers. As a team, Wayne State held BSU to a .105 attack percentage and 35 kills.
“I thought Jessi-Beth McCannell, Laura Carlson and Nicole Solum all played very a good match for us today,” said Bemidji State head coach Wayne Chadwick.
Wayne State hit .279 as a team. The Wildcats were led offensively by Shelby Schultz with nine kills and a .600 hitting percentage. Tali Frederickson had eight kills and hit .286 for the match. Setter Diedra Artz finished the match with 30 assists.
Defensively, Wayne State was led by Leigh Connot with 14 digs and Fredrickson with 13 digs. Jennifer Hefner had one solo block and five block assists on the match. The Beavers fall to 2-21 all-time against Wayne State.
Bemidji State is currently on a tough stretch of games where four of their last five games have been against opponents ranked among the top 13 teams in the nation. Their only game against a non-ranked foe came last night against an Augustana squad whose only loss came to No. 2 Wayne State.
BSU returns to action on Sat., Oct. 9 when they travel to face No. 1 Minnesota Duluth. The Beavers lost to UMD, 3-1, on Sept. 21 in Bemidji, after taking the first set from the Bulldogs.