ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University volleyball team fell, 3-0 (25-7, 25-9, 25-10) to No. 6 Concordia University, St. Paul on Tuesday night at the Gangelhoff Center in St. Paul, Minn. The Golden Bears, the three-time defending NCAA Division II Champion, were just too much for the Beavers. With the loss, BSU falls to 8-10 (2-8 NSIC). The loss marks the seventh straight loss for Bemidji State. Six have come to opponents ranked in the top 15 in the nation. Concordia-St. Paul improves to 15-4 (10-0 NSIC). The Golden Bears are currently in first place in the conference with an unblemished record.
"They might be the best team we have seen all year," said head coach Wayne Chadwick. "I don't know how they are only ranked sixth in the nation. They are a very strong team."
Concordia-St. Paul held BSU to a -.134 hitting percentage on the night and only 13 kills. Nicole Olson (Sr., MB, Baudette, Minn.) led the Beavers with four kills. Bethany Thompson (So., OH/MB, Owatonna, Minn.) chipped in three kills. Setter Jessi-Beth McCannell (Jr., Brandon, Manitoba) had 11 assists.
Defensively the Beavers had 21 digs. McCannell led the way with seven on the game. Both Brie Groskreutz (Sr., Lib., Reedsburg, Wis.) and Laura Carlson (So., OH/DS, Hutchinson, Minn.) had three digs.
Returning First Team All-America selection Emily Palkert led the way for the Golden Bears with 11 kills and a .421 hitting percentage. Concordia had 41 kills on the match and hit .446 as a team. Cassie Haag chipped in nine kills and Megan Carlson had eight kills. Setter Amanda Konetchy racked up 35 assists on the night.
Defensively, Carlson led Concordia-St. Paul with 12 digs. The Golden Bears had 42 digs as a team and 14 blocks. With the victory,
Concordia-St. Paul improves to 20-9-1 all-time against the Beavers.
Bemidji State will return home for two matches this weekend at BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers will face Winona State University on Fri., Oct. 15 at 7 p.m., and Upper Iowa University on Sat., Oct. 16 at 4 p.m. -bsu-