BSU Volleyball falls to No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul 3-0
Friday, October 21, 2011
BSU Volleyball falls to No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul 3-0
ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team fell 3-0 (25-12, 25-11, 25-9) to No. 1 Concordia University, St. Paul Friday evening at Gangelhoff Center in St. Paul, Minn. The Beavers fall to 4-17 (1-12) this season. Concordia-St. Paul improves to 22-0 (12-0 NSIC) as they continue their unblemished season in pursuit of a fifth-straight NCAA Division II National Championship.

Bethany Thompson (Jr., OH, Owatonna, Minn.) led the Beavers on the night with seven kills. The Beavers struggled offensively hitting -.036 with 16 kills and 19 errors on 84 total attempts. Rachel Craig (Fr., MB, Wadena, Minn.) added five kills and hit .143 for the match. Courtney Volkmann (Fr., S, Wadena, Minn.) had nine assists on the night for BSU.

Defensively, libero Elissa Christensen (Fr., Montevideo, Minn.) tallied nine digs. Jessi-Beth McCannell (Sr., S, Brandon, Manitoba) added six digs, as did Thompson.

Concordia-St. Paul hit .313 for the match with 38 kills and 12 errors on 83 total attempts. Kayla Koenecke led the Golden Bears with nine kills and a stellar .600 hitting percentage. NSIC Preseason Player of the Year selection Megan Carlson added eight kills and led the team with 14 digs. Ashley Murtha also tallied eight kills and hit .538 for the match. 2010 AVCA Freshman of the Year Amanda Konetchy guided the Concordia-St. Paul hitters with 34 assists.

Taylor Fieldsted added 11 digs as the Golden Bears held the BSU offense at bay. Katie Habeck had two solo blocks and two block assists.

BSU falls to 24-9-1 all-time versus Concordia-St. Paul. The Beavers have lost the last 22 matches to the Golden Bears including two this season.

The Beavers will look to end a 10-match losing streak Saturday as they head to St. Cloud State University. The Huskies entered Friday night with a 5-15 (1-11 NSIC) mark. St. Cloud State is on a losing streak as well as they have lost their last 12 matches after falling to University of Minnesota Duluth Friday. Saturday’s game will commence at 4 p.m. in St. Cloud, Minn.