|September 22, 2012||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
Armes - 4
BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University volleyball team put up a good fight, but could not find a way to stifle the attack of No. 21-ranked Wayne State College in 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-20) loss at the BSU Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon. The loss dropped the Beavers’ home record to 0-3 and BSU now stands at 3-9 on the season with a 1-4 record against NSIC opponents.
The match was Bemidji State’s second against a top-25 opponent on the year after the Beavers took then-No. 19 Ferris State University to four sets at the UMD Volleyball Classic on Sept. 7 in Duluth, Minn.
“The energy level and the effort was better than it was last night against Augustana and I can be relatively pleased with that,” said BSU head coach Wayne Chadwick. “We’ve got to do a better job of taking advantage of opportunities when they come.”
The Beavers earned the first two points of the first set, but Wayne State then went on a 12-2 run to take control. Bemidji State climbed back into contention with strong passing that led to multiple kills by Kelly Niles (So., OH, Grand Rapids, Minn.) and Bethany Thompson(Sr., OH, Owatonna, Minn.), making it a two-point game. From there, however, the Wildcats regained momentum and won the first game 25-18.
In Game 2, Bemidji State did a better job controlling WSC’s tempo to start, but allowed the Wildcats to pull away late. The two teams exchanged points and limited each other to no more than two consecutive scores in a row until the set was knotted at 13, but the Wildcats finished off a 25-16 win with a 12-3 run that included six of Cori Hobbs’ ten kills on the afternoon. Hobbs also recorded the set-clinching point, working off of one of Leisa McClintock’s 38 assists.
Bemidji State’s closest attempt at taking a set came in the third. The teams played even until the Beavers were able to take a 17-13 lead, but Wayne State stormed back to level the game at 19 before taking six of the last seven points for a 25-20 victory and its 10th overall win of 2012.
Courtney Volkmann (So., S, Wadena, Minn.) recorded 32 assists, the highest of her career at home, and added two service aces. Libero Elissa Christensen (So., Montevideo, Minn.) led the team in digs for the fifth straight match, this time with 11, and Thompson led the squad in kills with 12. Niles had eight kills of her own.
“We’ve got to be cognizant of when the other team is on a run and buckle down and keep it from happening,” Chadwick said. “That’s been our Achilles heel all season. We’ll play tough with someone and allow them to go on a five-point run.”
All-time, the Wildcats are now 24-2 against Bemidji State and have won the last 15 meetings dating back to 2003.
Up next for the Beavers is a two-match road trip that includes matches against AVCA Division II Volleyball Poll vote-getter Winona State University and another conference foe in Upper Iowa University. After BSU visits the Peacocks next Saturday, the team will only leave the state of Minnesota one more time in the regular season for a match at Northern State University on Nov. 9.