|September 14, 2012||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
Pappa - 6
Staskivige - 2
Heavenor - 1
MINOT, N.D. – The Bemidji State University women’s volleyball team got the NSIC portion of its schedule underway with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-20) win on the road against Minot State University at the 9,600-seat MSU Dome. The win spoiled MSU’s NSIC conference debut after the team went 3-6 in nonconference play. The win improved Bemidji State’s overall record to 3-5 and marked the third time in the last 10 seasons that BSU won its first NSIC match of the year. It was the second time in three seasons the Beavers opened league play with a win under head coach Wayne Chadwick.
The victory also improved Bemidji State’s all-time record against its Beaver counterpart to 6-0 dating back to 1977. The two teams will meet again on Oct. 27.
“It’s a very different environment here—the arena here is huge,” said Chadwick of Minot State’s cavernous home facility. “I think Minot State has a pretty interesting home advantage because of it, but I think we handled the environment well, handled the game itself well, and I’m pretty pleased overall.”
After a 6-6 start in the first set, BSU went on a 12-2 run that included kills by Rachel Craig (So., MH, Wadena, Minn.), Chelsea Frison (Fr., MH, Whitewater, Wis.), and Kelly Niles (So., OH, Grand Rapids, Minn.) and service aces by reigning Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week Bethany Thompson (Sr., OH, Owatonna, Minn.) and Elissa Christensen (So., Lib., Montevideo, Minn.). The 14-point stretch allowed the Beavers to cruise to a 25-17 win.
Bemidji State got off to an even better start in the second set, jumping out to a 7-1 lead and never looking back en route to a 25-19 victory. Thompson and Frison led the way in Game 2 with four kills apiece and Craig added in the final three of her seven kills on the night, while Christensen tallied five of her 13 digs. Following the intermission, Minot State came out strong in the third game an opened with a 4-1 lead. BSU came back quickly, however, knotting the score at seven before going on two four-point runs to close out the game and the match with a 25-20 win.
Thompson led the way in the match with 15 kills, while Craig finished the night with a .400 hitting percentage and setter Courtney Volkmann (So., Wadena, Minn.) had another strong performance, posting 30 assists.
“I think we played a smart, controlled game,” Chadwick said. “We didn’t try to press issues, we just stayed within ourselves and took advantage of our opportunities when they came.”
On Saturday, BSU will look to improve its conference ledger to 2-0 in its second match of the season against the University of Mary, a team the Beavers split two matches with in 2011. After playing finishing up a stretch of first nine matches away from home in its weekend finale, Bemidji State will host the University of Minnesota, Crookston on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the BSU Gymnasium.