|September 21, 2012||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
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BEMIDJI, Minn. –
The Bemidji State University volleyball team dropped its third consecutive match on Friday night, falling to Augustana 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-16) at the BSU Gymnasium. The loss came in the Beavers’ second home match of the season and dropped the team’s record to 3-8 with a 1-3 ledger in the NSIC.
All-time, the Vikings are now 16-3 against BSU and have won the last four matches dating back to 2009.
“I thought in the first half of all three of those games we played pretty well, but then we just hit a wall,” said Beaver head coach Wayne Chadwick. “We’ve got to find a way to push through when we play a good opponent like Augustana.”
Augustana began the match strong, taking a 16-8 first-set lead. The Beavers made a solid attempt to get into the first game, but the early deficit was too much to overcome. Bemidji State outscored AC 10-9 to finish the set, but the Vikings never trailed in a 25-18 win. BSU looked to get to a better start out of the gate in the second game and did so by taking a 2-0 lead, but a seven-point run by Augustana nullified the fast start by BSU. The Beavers closed the gap to one point at 15-14, but Augustana closed out the game by earning 10 of the last 13 points to win 25-17.
Not unlike the first two sets, BSU kept the third set close, but the Vikings would pull away. The game remained tight until the score was tied at 13 when Augustana notched four consecutive points. AC never looked back and ended up taking the game’s final eight points for a 25-16 final.
Sophomore middle hitter Rachel Craig (Wadena, Minn.) had a season-high four total blocks in the loss, while captain Bethany Thompson (Sr., OH, Owatonna, Minn.) led BSU with 12 kills. Courtney Volkmann (So., S, Wadena, Minn.) added 25 assists and libero Elissa Christensen (So., Montevideo, Minn.) and a team-leading 10 digs.
“We’ve got to play strong for more than just half the game,” Chadwick said. “Tomorrow’s another challenge and another opportunity to get better.”
The Vikings improved to 2-2 in conference play with the victory.
The Beavers complete a three-match homestand on Saturday at 3 p.m. against No. 21-ranked Wayne State College. The Wildcats will be BSU’s second top 25-ranked opponent of the season. Bemidji State lost to then-No. 19 Ferris State University in four sets on Sept. 7. After Saturday’s match, the Beavers will hit the road to play Winona State University and Upper Iowa University.