Beavers fall to Vikings 3-1
Friday, September 30, 2011
Beavers fall to Vikings 3-1

BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University volleyball team took to the court in the BSU Gymnasium to take on NSIC foe Augustana College Friday night, falling in four sets by a score of 3-1.  The Beavers fall to 4-11 (1-6 NSIC) on the season and the Vikings improve to 10-4 (4-2 NSIC). 

The Vikings took the match lead winning the first set 25-21.  The Beavers had an early lead in the set, going up 11-5 before the Vikings would charge back.  The Beavers would even the match before heading in for the break, winning set number two by a score of 25-21.  The Vikings would win the next two sets by scores of 25-17 and 25-21.  The Vikings cruised to a huge early lead in the final set, going up 8-1 before the Beavers gained some life.

“I think today was another positive step forward,” said head coach Wayne Chadwick after the match.  “Augustana is always a good team and they beat [No. 10] Wayne State at Wayne State Tuesday night.  This is a team that can play very well and we hung with them.”

Bethany Thompson (Jr., OH, Owatonna, Minn.) led the Beavers offensively in the match with 15 kills on the night. Thompson had a hitting percentage of .205 with her 15 kills coming in 39 total attacks.  As a team the Beavers were held to a .119 hitting percentage. 

Courtney Volkmann
(Fr., S, Wadena, Minn.) and Jessi-Beth McCannell (Sr, S, Brandon, Manitoba) each had three serving aces for the Beavers who as a team had eight on the night. 

The Beavers were strong on defense with eight total team blocks and two solo blocks one each by Thompson and Rachel Craig (Fr., MB, Wadena, Minn.).  Laura Carlson (Jr., Libero, Hutchinson, Minn.) led the team with 21 digs, followed by McCannell with 16.

McCannell added 37 assists to her stat line, her second highest assist total of the season. 

The Vikings were led offensively by Holly Hafemeyer’s 20 kills and a .474 hitting percentage.  Hafemeyer also added three block assists on the day for the Vikings.  On the defensive side, Kayla Wallerich led the Vikings with 22 digs in the match. 

The Beavers will be back on the BSU Gymnasium court tomorrow night when they take on the tenth ranked Wayne State Wildcats for a 3 p.m. start. 
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).