September 01, 20121st2nd3rdFinal
Bemidji State1717220
Pittsburg State2525253
BSUTeam StatsPSU
.212Hitting Pct..351
104Total Attacks114
Crawford - 11
KillsWhitten - 14
Volkmann - 33
AssistsPearson - 24
Volkmann - 2
AcesFay - 2
Christensen - 12
DigsMcCaw - 11
Thompson - 1
Niles - 1
Monahan - 1
BlocksOkrutna - 4
Foster - 4
September 01, 20121st2nd3rdFinal
Bemidji State1816150
RUTeam StatsBSU
.405Hitting Pct..176
79Total Attacks91
Stratman - 12
KillsThompson - 15
Kostal - 35
AssistsVolkmann - 24
Schwartze - 4
AcesChristensen - 2
Kostal - 8
DigsChristensen - 9
Stratman - 4
BlocksThompson - 3
Beavers drop final two matches in season-opening tournament
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Beavers drop final two matches in season-opening tournament

PITTSBURG, Kan. - After splitting its first two matches of the season on Friday, the Bemidji State University volleyball team dropped its final two matches of the weekend at the Pittsburg State University Gorilla Classic on Saturday in Pittsburg, Kan. The Beavers fell to host Pittsburg State (25-17, 25-17, 25-22) and Rockhurst University (25-18, 25-16, 25-15) by 3-0 scores.

The two losses drop BSU to 1-3 on the young season heading into next weekend’s three-game tournament in Duluth, Minn.

“It was a positive weekend for us in general,” said head coach third-year Wayne Chadwick. “We saw three teams that are comparable to the competition in our league. We saw some things that we need to improve on and those are lessons that we can apply in Duluth next weekend and that will help us prepare for the conference schedule.”

In the day’s first match, Bemidji State never recovered from an early deficit in the first set en route to falling 25-17. The Beavers and PSU exchanged points at the beginning of the second set, but a 9-1 run by the Gorillas after the score was tied 11-11 gave them a 2-0 lead. BSU’s best chance to avoid the sweep came in the third game, but it surrendered a late 21-19 lead and fell 25-22.

In the match, sophomores Kelsi Crawford (OH, Wadena, Minn.) and Kelly Niles (OH, Grand Rapids, Minn.) and senior captain Bethany Thompson (OH, Owatonna, Minn.), each register double-digit kills. Crawford led the team with 11. Setter Courtney Volkmann racked up 33 assists and was solid from behind the service line and libero Elissa Christensen more than doubled her season dig total with 12.

“Our match against Pittsburg State was probably our best match of the weekend,” Chadwick said. “I thought we played a pretty good overall game. Even though we came out on the short end of the match, we played better each game.”

BSU's concluded play at the Gorilla Classic with a match against Rockhurst that featured two teams playing their second match of the day. Despite close starts to the first two sets, the Hawks were able to pull away with 25-18 and 25-16 wins. RU never trailed in the match-clinching third set, winning 25-15.

In the loss, Thompson unloaded a season-high 15 kills, Volkmann added 24 assists, and Christensen chipped in nine digs.

“[Our match against Rockhurst] wasn't our best effort,” said Chadwick. “Rockhurst is a solid team, but it was a match where we got frstrated and our frustration affected how we did things. We had a tough time getting going.”

Each of the three opponents BSU lost to on the weekend have remained undefeated. Emporia State University and Pittsburg State stand at 3-0 with one match left to play on the day while Rockhurst completed the tournament with a 4-0 ledger. The Beavers’ lone win was a 3-0 victory in their season opener against Norwest Oklahoma State University.

Bemidji State gets back to action next weekend in the Duluth Volleyball Classic against 14th-ranked Ferris State University, Erskine College of South Carolina, and Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. The Beavers then open NSIC play on the road against Minot State University.