BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University volleyball team battled through five sets with the Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragons but came up two points short on Friday night losing 3-2 at BSU Gymnasium in Bemidji, Minn. The Beavers fall to 11-14 (5-12 NSIC). MSU Moorhead improves to 13-12 (9-8 NSIC). The Dragons had won the earlier meeting between the two schools 3-1 on Sept. 17 in Moorhead, Minn.
BSU came out and dominated in the first set winning 25-14. In the second set, the Dragons countered with a 25-21 victory over the Beavers. The third set was highly contested but MSU Moorhead came away with the narrow victory. In the fourth set, BSU won what was another highly contested set, 29-27. In the fifth set, BSU led by as much as 10-8 but were unable to close the set and lost 15-13.
Nicole Olson (Sr., MB, Baudette, Minn.), playing her next to last home match at BSU Gymnasium, notched a season-high 20 kills on a career-high 58 attempts for a .224 hitting percentage. Olson had seven kills in the first set, hitting .429 and six kills in the fourth set. Bethany Thompson (So., OH/MB, Owatonna, Minn.) tallied 13 kills and hit .146 on the match. Setter Jessi-Beth McCannell (Jr., S, Brandon, Manitoba) tallied over 50 assists for the second time this season with an even 50 on the night.
Bemidji State finished the match hitting .157 as a team. Brie Groskreutz (Sr., Lib., Reedsburg, Wis.) also competing in her next to last home match for the Beavers, came one shy of a school record 38 digs with 37 on Thursday. Groskreutz set the school record of 38 on Nov. 14, 2009 against Upper Iowa. Groskreutz now owns the top two single-game dig marks at BSU, as well as the career digs mark and the second-best digs total for a season. She has tallied over 30 digs on 10 occasions in her career. Lindsey Weyer (Sr., OH/DS, Loyal, Wis.) and McCannell each added 13 digs. MSU Moorhead was paced by Heidi Lensing’s 22 kills and 61 attempts for a .213 hitting percentage.
Laura Tvrdik and Kayla Handevidt added 12 kills apiece. Setter Leigh Splittstoesser notched 52 assists on the night. The Dragons concluded the match with 62 kills and a .179 hitting percentage.
MSU Moorhead was paced defensively by Splittstoesser and Katy Ness with 26 digs apiece. Meredith Egeland led the Dragon block with one solo and five block assists. Tvrdik added five block assists.
The Beavers will wrap up their home slate on Saturday at BSU Gymnasium against the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The Golden Eagles come into Saturday with a 0-25 record on the season.
Saturday’s match will serve as the final home match for six BSU seniors including Groskreutz, Hannah Eilers (OH, Little Fork, Minn.), Kelly Landsverk (S, Fosston, Minn.), Olson, Nicole Solum (RS, Spokane, Wash.) and Weyer.