BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University volleyball team saw their losing streak extended to eight games on Friday night with a 3-0 loss, (25-21, 25-21, 25-18) to Winona State University. The Beavers fall to 8-11 on the season (2-9 NSIC). Winona State improves to 9-10 (4-6 NSIC). During BSU’s eight-game losing streak, the Beavers have faced six ranked opponents.
“It was disappointing,” said Bemidji State head coach Wayne Chadwick. “Winona State played a very consistent game. Even though it wasn’t what we hoped, I think there are some positives we can hang our hats on. We have been through a murderous stretch of matches over the last three weeks. So now we have to regroup and I think tonight we did some things that we can be proud of. Would we have liked to win the match, of course we would have. Hopefully we can rebound and play well tomorrow against Upper Iowa.”
Bemidji State was led offensively by middle blocker Nicole Olson (Sr., Baudette, Minn.) with 13 kills and a .500 hitting percentage. The Beavers hit .155 as a team. Bethany Thompson (So., OH/MB, Owatonna, Minn.) chipped in 11 kills. Setter Jessi-Beth McCannell (Jr., Brandon, Manitoba) finished the night with 28 assists.
Defensively, Brie Groskreutz (Sr., Lib., Reedsburg, Wis.) led BSU with 13 digs. McCannell chipped in 10 digs.
Winona State was led by Jessi Peterson’s 14 kills and .333 attack percentage. The Warriors hit .246 as a team with 45 kills. Kathy Lohff chipped in 11 kills. Setter Kayla Uhlenhake had 34 assists on the match.
Defensively, libero Shannon McGowan led the charge with 18 digs. The Beavers strongest set as a team came in the second frame where they hit .209 with 15 kills. In the first set, BSU hit .178 and had 15 kills.
BSU struggled in the third set with only nine kills and a .073 attack percentage. Bemidji State will return to action at home on Saturday at 4 p.m., against Upper Iowa University. -bsu-