BEMIDJI, Minn - The Bemidji State University volleyball team sent six seniors out with a victory on Saturday after defeating the University of Minnesota, Crookston 3-0 at BSU Gymnasium. Bemidji State improves to 12-14 (6-12 NSIC). The Golden Eagles remain winless on the season as they fall to 0-26 (0-18 NSIC). With the victory BSU eclipses their win total of 11 matches from a season ago.
The Beavers were led by senior Nicole Olson’s (MB, Baudette, Minn.) 13 kills and .417 attack percentage. Fellow senior Nicole Solum (RS, Spokane, Wash.) added eight kills and hit .316 for the match. BSU started senior Kelly Landsverk (Fosston, Minn.), a former BSU basketball player who joined the Beavers this season, at setter. Landsverk had only appeared in three matches coming into the night but finished with 15 assists including 13 assists in the first set. BSU finished the match hitting .192 with 44 kills. Jessi-Beth McCannell (Jr., S, Brandon, Manitoba) added 20 assists.
Defensively, the school’s all-time digs leader senior Brie Groskreutz (Lib., Loyal, Wis.) led the way with 21 digs. Olson led the Beavers on the block with two solo blocks and three block assists.
Minnesota, Crookston was led by Alyssa Krikke’s five kills and .250 hitting percentage. Alexandra Skeeter and Amanda Swann tallied four kills apiece. Setter Shannon Cologna assisted on 10 Golden Eagle points on the night. The Beavers held UMC to a -.009 hitting percentage.
Chelsea Wiesner led Minnesota, Crookston on defense with 11 digs. Skeeter added nine digs. Krikke paced the Golden Eagles on the block with six block assists.
Along with Olson, Solum, Landsverk and Groskreutz, Hannah Eilers (Jr., OH, Little Fork, Minn.) and Lindsey Weyer (Sr., OH/DS, Loyal, Wis.)) also played play their final home matches at the BSU Gymnasium on Saturday. All six BSU seniors started the match. Eilers finished with five kills and three digs and Weyer had seven kills and five digs.
Olson will finish her career ranked in the top 10 five categories including kills, total attempts, solo blocks, block assists and total blocks. She became only the eighth player to eclipse the 1,000 career kill milestone earlier this season.
Groskreutz became the school’s all-time digs leader in the first game of the season and has gone on to shatter the mark previously held by Mary Gergen (1986-89) with 1,385 digs. Groskreutz enters her final two games with the Beavers with 1,858 career digs. She also is ranked second all-time for most digs in a season and holds the school record for most digs in a match with 38. Groskreutz appears 10 times on the most digs in a single match list.
BSU will wrap up the 2010-11 campaign next weekend with road tilts against No. 17 Minnesota State and No. 5 Southwest Minnesota State. The matches will mark the eighth and ninth matches respecitively that BSU has played against an opponent ranked in the top 20 this year. -bsu-