BSU Volleyball heads to Winona State and Upper Iowa for road matches
Thursday, October 13, 2011
BSU Volleyball heads to Winona State and Upper Iowa for road matches
Weekly Capsule

Opponent: Winona State (12-7; 6=4 NSIC)
Time: 7 p.m.
Video: NMTV
Live Stats:
Location: Winona, Minn.
WSU Player to Watch: So., OH 17 Bekah Saugen (3.28 k/game)

Weekly Capsule

Opponent: Upper Iowa (11-8; 5-5 NSIC)
Time: 5 p.m.
Video: NMTV
Location: Fayette, Iowa
UIU Player to Watch: Sr., RS 4 Sara Vance (3.43 k/game)

Beavers Travel to Winona State; Upper Iowa
    The Bemidji State University volleyball team comes into the weekend with a 4-14 (1-9 NSIC) mark. Tuesday’s match will mark the sixth ranked opponent BSU has faced in the last seven matches. This weekend will mark the first non-ranked opponent BSU has faced since palying Augustana College Sept. 30. The Beavers had faced ranked opponents in six of their last seven matches up until this weekend.        The Beavers fell 3-0 to four-time defending National Champion Concordia-St. Paul Tuesday. The Beavers hit .146 as a team with a .267 hitting percentage in the third game. BSU has been led overall on the season by junior outside hitter Bethany Thompson (Owatonna, Minn.). Thompson is averaging 2.76 kills per game while leading the team in that category with 174 kills. She is also second on the team in digs with 145 thus far.
    Defensively, libero Laura Carlson (Jr., Hutchinson, Minn.) comes into the weekend averaging 4.08 digs per game. Craig leads the Beavers on the block averaging 0.59 blocks per game.
    At setter, Jessi-Beth McCannell (Sr., Brandon, Manitoba) averages 8.05 assists per game as BSU’s primary setter. Courtney Volkmann (Fr., S, Wadena, Minn.) set the entire second game against Concordia-St. Paul Tuesday. Volkmann comes in averaging 1.71 assists per game.

Players to Watch
Fr. MB 1 Rachel Craig (Wadena, Minn.)
Fr. S/DS 3 Courtney Volkmann (Wadena, Minn.)
Jr. OH 2 Bethany Thompson (Owatonna, Minn.)

BSU Stat Leaders

Kills - 2 Bethany Thompson (174)
Assists - 10 Jessi-Beth McCannell (475)
Service Aces - 2 Bethany Thompson (16)
Digs - 11 Laura Carlson (257)
Blocks- 1 Rachel Craig (37)

    Winona State

        The Winona State Warriors enter the weekend with a 12-7 (6-4 NSIC) record. The Warriors are coming off a 3-0 win over St. Cloud State University and a 3-0 loss to No. 1 Concordia University, St. Paul last weekend. Winona State is led by sophomore outside hitter Bekah Saugen, who comes into the weekend averaging 3.28 kills per game and is hitting .200. She is joined by Kathy Lohff, who is averaging 2.54 kills per game. At setter, Kayla Uhlenhake comes in averaging 10.69 assists per game and is helping the Warriors to a .200 hitting percentage as a team.
    Defensively, Winona State has been paced by Shannon McGowan’s 5.57 digs per game. McGowan was a All-NSIC selection in 2009 and 2010.

    Upper Iowa    
    Upper Iowa comes into the weekend with a 11-8 (5-5 NSIC) mark under first-year head coach Aaron Nelson, who brings with him a NSIC pedigree from St. Cloud State and Concordia-St. Paul. The Peacocks had a weekend split with St. Cloud State and Concordia-St. Paul last weekend, defeating the Huskies and falling to the Golden Bears. Upper Iowa is paced offensively by Sara Vances’ 3.43 kills per game. Defesively Danielle Gernes comes in averaging 3.25 digs per game.

Series History
    Winona State

    Winona State leads the all-time series with the Beavers 45-42 after picking up a 3-1 victory over Bemidji State in a nonconference match earlier this season at the University of Minnesota Duluth Tournament. The Warriors have captured the last seven matches from BSU with the Beavers last winning Sept. 21, 2007 in Winona.

    Upper Iowa
    Bemidji State leads the Upper Iowa series 11-3. The Peacocks defeated BSU 3-0 earlier this season at the UMD Tournament. Prior to that BSU had won the last two meetings with the Peacocks picking up wins in 2009 and 2010.

Freshman Watch
    Five different BSU freshman have earned starts this season. Rachel Craig (MB) has started all 18 matches while Kelsi Crawford (OH/DS, Wadena, Minn.) has started 17 matches along with Kelly Niles (OH, Grand Rapids, Minn.). Courtney Volkmann (S, Wadena, Minn.) and Elissa Christensen (DS, Montevideo, Minn.) each started their first-ever match Tuesday against No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul

Miss Versatility

    Coach Wayne Chadwick knew he could count on Bethany Thompson (Jr., OH, Owatonna, Minn.) on the offensive end after her first two year’s but this season Thompson has picked up her defensive numbers. Thompson not only leads the team in kills (174) and service aces (16) but is also second on the team in digs (145). Thompson leads the team with five double-doubles on the season.

Tough Stretch
    The Beavers have played fsix of their last seven games against ranked opponents. Friday’s match against Winona State will mark the first time BSU hasn’t faced a ranked opponent since Sept. 30 when they faced Augustana College.

McCannell Watch
    Jessi-Beth McCannell (Sr., S, Brandon, Manitoba) came into the season ranked in the top 10 for assists. McCannell has now moved up to No. 9 all-time with a total of 1,529 surpassing Kristy Grann. She needs 386 assists to move past Courtney Bitter at No. 8

1. Mary Gergen    4,629 (1986-89)
2. Michele Dinius    4,126 (1995-99)
3. Jean Musgjerd    3,558 (1981-84)
4. Kristin Smith    3,208 (2001-04)
5. Alicia Beaman    2,503 (2004-08)
6. Amy Soehren    2,341 (1992-95)
7. Jill Amundson    1,928 (1998-01)
8. Coutney Bitter    1,915 (2008-09)
9. Jessi-Beth McCannell    1,541 (2008-Pr)
10. Kristy Grann    1,343 (1990-91)

Bethany Thompson
Sept. 10 (Upper Iowa) - 11 kills, 10 digs
Sept. 13 (U-Mary) - 15 kills, 13 digs
Sept. 17 (Minnesota, Crookston) - 10 kills, 10 digs
Sept. 20 (Minnesota State) - 10 kills, 10 digs
Oct. 1 (Wayne State) - 13 kills, 13 digs
Jessi-Beth McCannell
Sept. 13 (U-Mary) - 45 assists, 10 digs
Sept. 30 (Augustana) - 37 assists, 16 digs
Oct. 1 (Wayne State) - 22 assists, 19 digs
Kelly Niles

Sept. 9 (Winona State) - 12 kills, 10 digs
Kelsi Crawford
Sept. 3 (Sioux Falls) - 17 kills, 10 digs