Balanced attack snaps 10-match losing streak in 3-1 win over Huskies
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Balanced attack snaps 10-match losing streak in 3-1 win over Huskies
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University volleyball team snapped a 10-match losing streak as they upended St. Cloud State University 3-1 (25-19, 29-27, 17-25, 27-25). The Beavers improve to 5-16 (2-12 NSIC). St. Cloud State falls to 5-17 (1-13 NSIC).

The win ends a winless streak that goes back to Sept. 17 when Bemidji State picked up a 3-0 win over University of Minnesota, Crookston. The Beavers stretch featured six games against teams ranked in the top 15 including two matches against four-time defending National Champion Concordia University, St. Paul.

“We had a solid match across the board tonight,” said head coach Wayne Chadwick. “The difference between tonight and the last few weeks was that when we made an error or the other team made a few good plays we didn’t panic. We stayed aggressive and we kepy a level head and it showed in the outcome.”

Bethany Thompson (Jr., OH, Owatonna, Minn.) guided the Beavers back onto a winning track with a double-double of 14 kills and 18 digs while freshman Rachel Craig (MB, Wadena, Minn.) added 13 kills and hit .391 for the match. The Beavers won two of the game in extra points downing the Huskies 29-27 in the second game and 27-25 in the fourth game. Jessi-Beth McCannell (Sr., S, Brandon, Manitoba) guided the Bemidji State attackers with 40 assists on the match. Kimberly Hacker (Sr., MB/RS, Hutchinson, Minn.) added nine kills and Kelsi Crawford (Fr., OH, Wadena, Minn.) had eight kills. Hacker added one solo block and three block assists to aid the Beavers.

Along with Thompson’s 18 digs, libero Elissa Christensen (Fr., Montevideo, Minn.) added 16 digs while Leigh Peterson (Jr., DS, Deer River, Minn.) and McCannell each had 10 digs to give BSU four players in double figures in the category. The Beavers had a total of 68 digs on the night. Christensen has continued to be solid at libero after taking over the libero role last week. The freshman has been a bit of a surprise this season as she joined the team as a walk-on prior to the start of practice in August.

St. Cloud State was paced by Ellie Dietzen’s 10 kills. Anna Donlan added nine kills and hit .316 for the match. The Huskies were held to a .108 hitting percentage with 51 kills and 33 errors on 167 attempts. Jennifer Waterman had 38 assists for the Huskies.

Defensively, the Huskies had five players in double-figure digs as libero Chelsea Nagle led the team with 17 on the night. Donlan added 16 digs while Jordan Hansen (15), Waterman (12) and Erin Ohlemann also tallied double-figure digs.

St. Cloud State continues to lead the all-time series 41-20 but Saturday’s victory extends Bemidji State’s winning streak against the Huskies to four matches.

The Beavers will return home next weekend to host University of Mary Fri., Oct. 28 and Northern State University Sat., Oct. 29.