BSU unable to overcome Dragon blocking attack, fall 3-0
Friday, September 16, 2011
BSU unable to overcome Dragon blocking attack, fall 3-0

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The blocking tandem of Ashley Feldman and Morgan Grandishar of Minnesota State University Moorhead shut down the Bemidji State University volleyball team on Friday night as the Beavers fell 3-0 (25-11, 25-21, 25-17). Feldman and Grandishar combined to help the Dragons to 17 total blocks on the night. The Beavers put up a fight despite MSU Moorhead’s strong play on the block but fall to 3-7 (0-2 NSIC). The Dragons improve to 4-5 (2-0 NSIC) with Friday’s victory.

"I was really pretty pleased with our effort tonight," said head coach Wayne Chadwick. "This is six losses in a row and obviously that is disappointing. When you look at the growth of the team and the difficulties we have had in the three matches coming into tonight, this was absolutely a step forward and something we can build on. Tuesday against U-Mary was very disappointing. This feels better than Tuesday."

The Beavers were held to a .047 hitting percentage with 27 attack errors and 17 total blocks for MSU Moorhead. Bethany Thompson (Jr., OH, Owatonna, Minn.) led the Beavers with 10 kills on 45 attempts. Kimberly Hacker (Sr., MB/RS, Hutchinson, Minn.) chipped in eight kills and hit .238 for the match. Hacker had two solo blocks and two block assists on the match.

Jessi-Beth McCannell (Sr., S, Brandon, Manitoba) tallied 28 assists on the night.

Defensively, the Beavers were led by the performance of walk-on Elissa Christensen (Fr., DS, Montevideo, Minn.) who made several diving stabs for balls as she finished with 13 digs to lead all BSU players. Libero Laura Carlson (Jr., Hutchinson, Minn.) added 12 digs for the night.

Feldman, a 6-2 middle hitter, led the Dragons with six kills, a .429 hitting percentage and 12 block assists. Grandishar added 10 block assists. MSU Moorhead finished the game with 34 block assists and 17 total blocks. Annie Palmquist led all hitters for the Dragons with 10 kills and a .588 hitting percentage. MSUM hit .243 for the match with 37 kills and 12 errors.

Setter Anna Olson had 29 assists for MSU Moorhead on the night.

Defensively, libero Katy Ness led the way with 17 assists while Heidi Lensing chipping in 13 digs in addition to her nine kills.

BSU falls to 55-66-1 all-time against MSU Moorhead with Friday’s loss. The team’s will meet again Nov. 4 in Moorhead, Minn.

The loss marks the sixth straight for a young Bemidji State team that is looking to get back on track. Friday was the home opener for the Beavers who spent the first half of September on the road. BSU will host Minnesota, Crookston on Saturday at 3 p.m. at BSU Gymnasium.