Beaver offense leads to second straight victory
Friday, October 28, 2011
Beaver offense leads to second straight victory

BEMIDJI, Minn – The Bemidji State University volleyball team (6-17, 3-12 NSIC) took on the Marauders of the University of Mary (2-22, 1-14 NSIC) Friday night, winning 3-1. The contest’s theme for the night promoted Breast Cancer Awareness, as both squads wore pink in their warm-up and game apparel.

In set one, the Beavers won by a score of 25-18. Bethany Thompson (Jr., OH, Owatonna, Minn. ) led the Beavers in kills with six and total attacks with twelve. Assisting with Thompson’s scoring efforts was Jessi-Beth McCannell (Sr., S, Brandon, Manitoba) with twelve kill assists. BSU had an attacking percentage of .351.

The second set, however, was a different story to the Beavers liking as University of Mary won 25-22. Thompson was only able to garner three more kills, tallying her total to nine thus far.  Kimberly Hacker (Sr, MB/RS, Hutchinson, Minn.) came into the mix in the Beaver’s offense despite the defeat with six total kills and McCannell increasing her assists total to 21.

With the match tied one set a piece, BSU rallied back from intermission and took the third set 25-16.Thompson and the rest of the Beaver offense put together a fine showing, with a team attacking percentage up to .600.  Thompson had five more kills, and McCannell with thirteen more assists.

Bemidji State took the final set 25-11, winning the match. Thompson finished the night with 19 kills and an attacking percentage of .543, Hacker with eleven kills, and freshmen Kelsi Crawford (OH/DS, Wadena, Minn.) and Rachel Craig (MB, Wadena, Minn.) with thirteen and ten kills of their own. McCannell tallied together a season-high of 48 total assists, and both Elissa Christensen (Fr., DS, Montevideo, Minn.) and Leigh Peterson (Jr., DS/OH, Deer River, Minn.) were in double digits in digs with sixteen and thirteen, respectfully. The team finished the game with .559 for their team attack percentage.

The Beavers will take on Northern State Saturday at 3 p.m. at the BSU Gymnasium.