No. 10 Wildcats down Beavers 3-0
Saturday, October 1, 2011
No. 10 Wildcats down Beavers 3-0

BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University volleyball team finished up the first half of a two-weekend homestand Saturday afternoon, falling to the tenth ranked Wayne State Wildcats in three games by scores of 25-15, 25-23 and 25-16.  With the loss the Beavers fall to 4-12 (1-7 NSIC) and the Wildcats improve to 11-5 (4-3 NSIC).

“For the most part we played them pretty hard,” said head coach Wayne Chadwick. “[Wayne State] is number ten in the country and is not number ten by accident.  The next step in the development of this team has to be a sense of urgency and an understanding moment to score points when we need to.”

The Wildcats controlled game one, and started game two just as they had left off game one.  The Beavers would go on a 7-0 run with Jessi-Beth McCannell (Sr., S, Brandon, Manitoba) on the service rotation and take the lead 22-20 before the Wildcats would respond and finish the game on a 5-1 run.

The third game would have the same thing happen after the Wildcats got up 9-3, McCannell would get the service and the Beavers scored ten unanswered points to go up 13-9 before falling 25-16.

Kimberly Hacker (Sr., MB/RS, Hutchinson, Minn.) would lead the Beavers in many statistical categories in the game.  Her three block assists and eight kills and attacking percentage of .350 either led or tied for the team lead in the match.

Defensively, the Beavers were led by McCannell and Laura Carlson (Jr., Libero, Hutchinson, Minn.) with 19 digs a piece.  McCannell also had 22 assists on the day. McCannell recorded her second double-double of the season and the 19 digs marked a season-high.

Wayne State was led by Alex Armes with nine kills and a .500 attacking percentage.  Leigh Connot and Tali Fredrickson tied for a team lead in digs with 16, and setter Tatum Wroblewski added 31 assists.

The Beavers will regroup with a week of practice before fourth ranked Minnesota Duluth comes to town on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at the BSU Gymnasium.   
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).