10in10: Sophomore defensive specialist Elissa Christensen
Monday, August 27, 2012
10in10: Sophomore defensive specialist Elissa Christensen

BEMIJDI, Minn. --The crisp wind of fall has begun to sneak into the forecast and the sound of Bemidji State University athletic teams preparing for the 2012 season have flooded the BSU campus.  In the final 10 days before the Beavers officially kick off the fall athletic season with their first home football game, BSUBeavers.com wants to get you geared up for 2012. 

Now in day five of the 10-day series, BSUBeavers.com will give you inside access to fall training camp through the eyes of 10 Bemidji State student-athletes. Today we feature Elissa Christensen (DS, Montevideo, Minn.) to get the sophomore's perspective on fall training camp, the differences coming in as a sophomore and how the team will handle an upcoming 16-hour bus ride to Kanas.

Christensen is a sophomore defensive specialist on the Bemidji State volleyball team.  A year ago Christensen was a walk on player from Montevideo, Minn. before breaking into the line up to play in all 28 matches and finish second on the team with 223 digs.  BSUBeavers.com caught up with her recently to get her thoughts on being a team leader, her camp likes and dislikes and an upcoming 16-hour bus ride Kansas. As one of four defensive specialist on the Beavers' 2012 roster, she is in the midst of a battle to find a regular spot in the line up.

Under the direction of head coach Wayne Chadwick, the BSU volleyball team finished the 2011 campaign 6-22 overall, while it was 3-17 to finish 12th in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). In addition to Fox, Chadwick welcomes six newcomers for the 2012 season, while he returns eight veterans, including senior NSIC Player to Watch Bethany Thompson (OH, Owatonna, Minn.).

Bemidji State opens the 2012 season Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at the Pittsburg State Gorilla Classic.  The Beavers get their 20-match NSIC schedule underway Sept. 1 at Minot State.