|October 16, 2012||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
CROOKSTON, Minn.-- The Bemidji State University volleyball team dropped a three-set match to the University of Minnesota, Crookston, 25-18, 26-24, 25-20. The Beavers are have lost 11 consecutive matches dating back to a 3-0 win over Minot State University on Sept. 14 in their NSIC opener. With the loss Bemidji State’s overall record fell to 3-16 with a 1-11 record in the NSIC.
The contest was a rematch of BSU’s 2012 home-opener on Sept. 18 in which the Golden Eagles prevailed 3-0 (25-23, 27-25, 25-21), spoiling the Beavers’ homecoming after the team played nine consecutive matches away from home to begin the 2012 campaign.
“It was an inconsistent match for us,” said BSU head coach Wayne Chadwick, “We’ve got to play complete games. We can’t dig ourselves a hole in the beginning and try to fight and claw our way back and we can’t start hot and relax at the end. We’ve got to play from zero to 25.”
The match, which was on Minnesota, Crookston’s Dig Pink night for breast cancer awareness, began with the teams trading cracks in a tight competition in the early going. The first set was knotted a nine when UMC took over and went on a five-point run from which Bemidji State could not recover. The five-point run turned into a 15-4 run that put the Golden Eagles up by 11 before BSU went on a point streak at the end to make the final 25-18.
The Golden Eagles came out strong in the second set and led 20-9 at one point, but the Beavers willed their way back into contending to tie the overall score at one. BSU went on a 15-4 run with Bethany Thompson (Sr., OH, Owatonna, Minn.), Elissa Christensen (So, Lib., Montevideo, Minn.), and Courtney Fox (Fr., DS, Hutchinson, Minn.) fuelling the rally from behind the service line. UMC, however, found a way to shake off the momentous Bemidji State comeback and take a 26-24 win.
Following the intermission, BSU came out stronger than in either of the first two sets and took a 12-7 lead, but Minnesota, Crookston quickly erased that and scoring seven straight times to regain control. From there, the Golden Eagles staved off a Beaver rally by taking 11 of the match’s last eight points to win the third set 25-20.
Thompson racked up a match-high 16 kills on the night to bring her season total to 260 and setter Courtney Volkmann (So., Wadena, Minn.) posted a double-double with 35 assists and a match-best 13 digs. Thompson, the team’s captain, stands less than 100 kills from 1,000 at 906. The Owatonna native now needs just 11 more kills to crack the program’s top-ten list in that category.
“Thompson was a monster,” Chadwick said of his squad’s lone senior. “She had some great moments. Her and Volkmann had great nights, but unfortunately we were too up and down.”
This weekend, the Beavers continue a string of three consecutive road matches that follow a four-match homestand at No. 13-ranked Minnesota State University and five-time defending national champion and No. 4-ranked Concordia University, St. Paul. The team will then return home for matches against the University of Mary and Minot State.