No. 4 Bulldogs prove too much for BSU Volleyball as they fall 3-0
Friday, October 7, 2011
No. 4 Bulldogs prove too much for BSU Volleyball as they fall 3-0

BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- The Bemidji State University volleyball team fell 3-0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-17) to the No. 4 University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs Friday night at BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers fall to 4-13 (1-8 NSIC). UMD improves to an unblemished 18-0 (9-0 NSIC).

"Minnesota Duluth is not ranked No. 4 in the country by accident," said head coach Wayne Chadwick. "They have some strong players. Kate Lange is just a beast on the outside. She is one of the better players in the league. Rachel Craig had a great match. I think Kelsi Crawford and Kelly Niles each played their best matches in quite awhile for us. That is a huge step for both of those kids."

Bemidji State fell behind early in the first and second games. In the third frame, the Beavers raced to an early 5-1 lead but UMD used four service aces and one kill from Kate Lange to quickly close the gap.

The Beavers had moments where they played close with the Bulldogs Friday night but were not able to string together points at opportune moments. Rachel Craig (Fr., MB, Wadena, Minn.) paced Bemidji State with 10 kills and a .500 hitting percentage on the night. High school teammate Kelsi Crawford (Fr., OH, Wadena, Minn.) chipped in six kills and hit .312. The Beavers struggled offensively overall hitting only .082 on the night. Setter Jessi-Beth McCannell (Sr., S, Brandon, Manitoba) led the Beavers with 19 assists.
Defensively, Laura Carlson (Jr., Lib., Hutchinson, Minn.) led the way with 12 digs. Kimberly Hacker (Sr., MB, Hutchinson, Minn.) added four block assists for the night.

Lange had a strong night for UMD pacing the team with 22 kills and hitting .381. The Bulldogs had a .333 hitting percentage as a team with 49 kills. Setter Jaclyn Barrette stepped in for the injured Eleena Iisaaka and had 41 assists in three games for Minnesota Duluth. Lange also had five service aces on the night with four coming in the fourth set.

Defensively, libero Julie Rainey had 13 digs and Lange added 12.

The Beavers fall to 92-10-1 all-time against UMD. BSU last defeated the Bulldogs Sept. 20, 1998. The win was also the last time BSU picked up a victory over a ranked opponent.

The road does not get easier for Bemidji State as they host four-time defending national champion Concordia University, St. Paul, ranked No. 1 in the country, Tues., Oct. 11 at BSU Gymnasium.