BSU Volleyball unable to overcome No. 5 Minnesota Duluth
BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team fell 3-0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-13) to the No. 5 University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs on Tuesday night at Romano Gymnasium in Duluth, Minn. The Bulldogs hit .344 to the Beavers’ .041 hitting percentage led by reigning Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Offensive Player of the Week Kate Lange’s 13 kills. The Bulldogs improve to an unblemished 12-0 (4-0 NSIC). BSU falls to 4-8 (1-3 NSIC). UMD was the first in a line of three ranked opponents for the Beavers this week. BSU faces No. 7 Southwest Minnesota State University and No. 14 Minnesota State University this weekend.
“Minnesota Duluth is not No. 5 by accident,” said head coach Wayne Chadwick. “Although we showed spurts of being able to trade points with them and go back and forth, we weren’t able to maintain that with any type of consistency. In all three games UMD was able to go on a couple of runs that proved to be the difference.”
The Beavers struggled offensively with a .041 overall hitting percentage. Kelsi Crawford (Fr., OH/DS, Wadena, Minn.) led BSU with a .111 hitting percentage and six kills. Bethany Thompson (Jr., OH, Owatonna, MInn.) also tallied six kills on the night. Setter Jessi-Beth McCannell (Sr., Brandon, Manitoba) had 15 assists.
Perhaps the brightest spot for Chadwick’s squad was on defense with libero Laura Carlson’s (Jr, Hutchinson, Minn.) 14 digs.
“Laura was able to dig out some bombs from Minnesota Duluth’s hitters tonight,” Chadwick said. “She also passed very strongly for us in system.”
In addition to Lange’s 13 kills, UMD also was aided by Hannah Johnson’s nine kills and .500 hitting percentage and April Hansen’s eight kills and .375 hitting percentage. Setter Eleena Iisaaka picked up 34 assists on the night for UMD.
Defensively, libero Julie Rainey tallied 12 digs and Lange added 10 digs.
BSU falls to 91-10-1 all-time versus their rivals from the East. The Beavers last defeated Minnesota Duluth on Sept. 30, 1998.