Beavers put up fight but fall 3-1 to Minnesota, Crookston
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Beavers put up fight but fall 3-1 to Minnesota, Crookston
CROOKSTON, Minn.- The Bemidji State University volleyball team played a tight match with the University of Minnesota, Crookston Golden Eagles but ultimately fell 3-1 (25-23, 25-22, 20-25, 25-19)  to their foes from just down Highway 2. Bemidji State falls to 6-20 (3-15 NSIC). The Golden Eagles improve to 12-16 (6-16 NSIC).

Bethany Thompson (Jr., OH, Owatonna, Minn.) paced the Beavers on the attack with 18 kills while teammates Kelsi Crawford (Fr., OH/DS, Wadena, Minn.) and Rachel Craig (Fr., MB, Wadena, Minn.) who played together at Wadena-Deer Creek High School, added double-figure kills with 12 and 11 respectively. Craig finished the match hitting .280. Kimberly Hacker (Sr., MB/RS, Hutchinson, Minn.) hit .318 for the match and had eight kills. Setter Jessi-Beth McCannell (Sr., Brandon, Manitoba) finished with 49 assists.

Elissa Christensen (Fr., Lib., Montevideo, Minn.) had a career-high 24 digs for the Beavers and helped hold the Golden Eagles to a .162 hitting percentage. Bemidji State held a stronger hitting percentage on the afternoon hitting .215. Courtney Volkmann (Fr., S/DS, Wadena, Minn.) added 15 digs. Craig added four block assists for the match.

Brittany Looker led the Golden Eagles with 17 kills while Danielle Rueter and Abby Cleveland each had 10. Kelsey Matykowski paced Minnesota, Crookston with 14 digs.

Defensively, libero Chelsea Wiesner led the way with 22 digs while Looker added eight. Morgan VanGerpen paced the Golden Eagles on the block with eight block assists as Minnesota, Crookston finished with 12.5 blocks on the night.

The Beavers will return home for their final matches of the season as they host Minnesota State University and Southwest Minnesota State University next weekend.