MANKATO Minn. -- The Bemidji State University volleyball team fell 3-0 (23-25, 15-25, 15-25) to the No. 16 Minnesota State University, Mankato Mavericks. BSU falls to 12-15 (6-13 NSIC). Minnesota State improves to 20-7 (12-7 NSIC) with Friday’s victory.
“I thought we played a pretty strong match despite the loss,” said BSU head coach Wayne Chadwick. “Minnesota State is a very good team and they showed it tonight. We came out in the first set and played what was probably our best game of the entire season but we were unable to do much in the second and third games and they were.”
Nicole Olson (Sr., MB, Baudette, Minn.) led the Beaver offense with 11 kills and a .280 hitting percentage. Nicole Solum (Sr., RS, Spokane, Wash.) added seven kills and Kimberly Hacker (Jr., MB/RS, Hutchinson, Minn.) added six kills and hit .250 for the match. Setter Jessi-Beth McCannell (Jr, Brandon, Manitoba) tallied 29 assists on the night. BSU was held to a .168 hitiing percentage by the Maverick defense.
“Olson has been very consistent for us this year,” Chadwick said. “You can pretty much guarantee that she is going to get four to five kills a game every match and she did it again tonight."
The Beaver defense was paced by Brie Groskreutz (Sr., Lib., Reedsburg, Wis.) with 13 digs. Lindsey Weyer (Sr., OH, Loyal, Wis.) added eight digs. Olson led BSU on the block with four.
“I thought Brie played a very strong match for us,” Chadwick said. “Another player that played very well was Melissa McNeely (Jr., OH/DS, Burnsville, Minn.). She was only credited with five digs but I thought she made some great defensive plays for us tonight.”
Minnesota State was guided by First Team All-NSIC selection Amanda Beekman with 13 kills and a .324 hitting percentage. Chelsea Fogarty added 10 kills and hit .318 for the match. All-NSIC Honorable Selection Brittany Stamer, the Mavericks’ setter, tallied 40 assists for the match. Minnesota State hit .321 for the match with 48 kills.
Samantha Dale’s 18 digs led the Mavericks defensively. Amanda Thompson paced MSU on the block with three.
Bemidji State falls to 0-2 on the season against Minnesota State. The Beavers fell to the Mavericks 3-1 Sept. 24 in Bemidji. Bemidji State is now 0-8 against teams ranked in the top 25 during the 2010 season. The Beavers will wrap up the 2010 season on Saturday against their ninth ranked foe of the year when they face No. 4 Southwest Minnesota State University at 4 p.m. in Marshall, Minn. The game will be televised on Midcontinent Sports Network (Channel 28 for Midcontinent subscribers in Bemidji).