BSU wraps up conference road slate against Dragons and Golden Eagles
Thursday, November 3, 2011
BSU wraps up conference road slate against Dragons and Golden Eagles
Weekly Capsule

Opponent: MSU Moorhead (11-12, 9-7 NSIC)
Time: 7 p.m.
Video: NMTV
Live Stats:
Location: Moorhead, Minn.
MSUM Player to Watch: Jr., OH 7 Heidi Lensing (2.90 k/game)

Weekly Capsule

Opponent: Minnesota, Crookston (11-15, 5-11 NSIC)
Time: 3 p.m.
Video: NMTV
Live Stats:
Location: Crookston, Minn.
Minnesota, Crookston Player to Watch: Fr., OH 8 Brittany Looker (3.37 k/game)

The Bemidji State Volleyball team will face its final road tests this weekend as they head to Minnesota State University, Moorhead and University of Minnesota, Crookston. The Beavers enter play with a 6-18 (3-13 NSIC) mark and have won two of their last three matches with victories over St. Cloud State University and University of Mary.

The Beavers have been led all season by junior outside hitter Bethany Thompson (Owatonna, Minn.), who leads the team with 243 kills and is the active digs leader with 200. Thompson had 19 kills and no errors in Friday's win over University of Mary. BSU had three other plays with double-figure kills against the Marauders including Kelsi Crawford (13), Kimberly Hacker (11) and Rachel Craig (10).

At setter, Jessi-Beth McCannell (Sr., Brandon, Manitoba) enters the weekend averaging 8.03 assists per game.

Defensively, libero Elissa Christensen (Fr., Montevideo, Minn.) has averaged 12.3 digs per game since inheriting the libero role in the Winona State University match Oct. 14. Since then, Christensen has tallied double-figure digs on four occasions including a career-high 16 digs against both St. Cloud State and U-Mary.


MSU Moorhead

Minnesota State University, Moorhead enters the weekend with a 11-12 (9-7 NSIC) record after picking up a split last weekend with a when over Winona State University and a loss to Upper Iowa University. Tuesday, the Dragons fell 3-1 to No. 9 Southwest Minnesota State University 3-1. MSU Moorhead is currently in a tie for fifth in the conference standings.

MSU Moorhead is led by outside hitter Heidi Lensing's 2.90 kills per game. In addition, Lensing comes in with the second-most digs on the team with 287 (3.54 digs/gm). Lensing is aided on the attack by Annie Palmquist's 2.54 kills per game and Morgan Gradishar's 2.37 kills per game.

At setter, Anna Olson comes in averaging 10.57 assists per game and is helping the Dragon hitters to 12.75 kills per game and a .176 hitting percentage.

Defensively, libero Katy Ness leads the team with 5.84 digs per contest.

Minnesota, Crookston
The University of Minnesota, Crookston Golden Eagles have had quite the turnaround from last season. Coach Lee Anderson's squad currently boasts an 11-15 (5-11 NSIC) record after going winless in 28 matches last season. The Golden Eagles picked up two wins last weekend over Upper Iowa and Winona State but then fell 3-2 Tuesday to No. 20 Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Minnesota, Crookston has been paced by freshman Brittany Looker's 3.37 kills per game. Junior outside hitter Amanda Swann has chipped in 2.45 kills per game. At setter, Kelsey Matykowski and Paige Mitchell have split time with Matykowski averaging 6.66 assists per game and Mitchell averaging 5.46 assists per game.

Defensively, libero Chelsea Wiesner is averaging 5.02 digs per game and has helped the Golden Eagles hold their opponents to a .183 attack percentage.

MSU Moorhead
MSU Moorhead leads the all-time series 65-55-1. The Dragons have captured the last 15 matches dating back to BSU's last win over MSU Moorhead Oct. 4, 2003. BSU fell to MSU Moorhead 3-0 Oct. 16 at BSU Gymnasium.

Minnesota, Crookston
Bemidji State leads the all-time series 20-9 with the Beavers capturing the last four meetings against their foes from just down Highway 2. Minnesota, Crookston last won Sept. 20, 2008. BSU defeated the Golden Eagles earlier this season 3-0 at BSU Gymnasium.

Freshman Watch
Freshman Rachel Craig (MB, Wadena, Minn.) has started all 24 matches this season for BSU. Wadena-Deer Creek High School teammate Kelsi Crawford (OH/DS) and Kelly Niles (OH, Grand Rapids, Minn.) have started 17 matches apiece this year. Courtney Volkmann (S/DS, Wadena, Minn.) and Elissa Christensen (Lib., Montevideo, Minn.) have each started the last seven matches for BSU with Christensen serving as the libero.

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 (243) but is also the active leader on the team in digs (200). Thompson leads the team with six double-doubles on the season. Her last double-double came with 14 kills and 18 digs in BSU's 3-1 victory over St. Cloud State.

Losing Streak Snapped
The Bemidji State Beavers snapped their 10-match losing streak with a 3-1 victory over St. Cloud State University Oct. 22. The Beavers have won two of their last three matches and will look to continue their winning ways against MSU Moorhead and Minnesota, Crookston.

Walk-on Success
Elissa Christensen (Fr., Lib., Montevideo, Minn.) and Leigh Peterson (Jr., DS, Deer River, Minn.) were two of five walk-ons to join the team prior to the start of the season. Christensen and Peterson have now earned starting roles as Christensen is the starting libero and Peterson is starting on BSU's back line. Christensen is averaging 12.3 digs since taking the libero role over six games ago against Winona State and also leads the team with 21 service aces. Peterson has also found success. The junior has started the last six matches for BSU and has tallied two double-figure digs performances including 10 digs against St. Cloud State and 13 digs versus University of Mary.

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 1,700 surpassing Kristy Grann. She needs 215 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    1,700 (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
Oct. 22 (St. Cloud State) - 14 kills, 18 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
Oct. 22 (St. Cloud State) - 40 assists, 10 digs
Oct. 29 (Northern State) - 27 assists, 10 digs
Kelly Niles
Sept. 9 (Winona State) - 12 kills, 10 digs
Kelsi Crawford
Sept. 3 (Sioux Falls) - 17 kills, 10 digs