November 15, 20131st2nd3rd4th5thFinal
Upper Iowa25232325142
Bemidji State19252520163
UIUTeam StatsBSU
.135Hitting Pct..165
163Total Attacks164
Behnke - 16
KillsYost - 19
Brown - 25
AssistsVolkmann - 48
Hinrichs - 3
AcesFrison - 2
Weiss - 17
DigsDeJong - 19
Franklin - 6
Brown - 6
BlocksCraig - 6
Bemidji State knocks off Upper Iowa, 3-2
Friday, November 15, 2013
Bemidji State knocks off Upper Iowa, 3-2

BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) – The Bemidji State University volleyball team knocked off the Upper Iowa University Peacocks, 3-2 (19-25, 25-23, 25-23, 20-25, 16-14) Friday at the BSU Gymnasium. The victory was the first for the Beavers at home this season.

The Beavers were led by three players Jessica Yost (OH, Fr., Bemidji, Minn.) finished with a double-double with 19 kills and 13 digs while hitting .361 on 36 attempts. Courtney Volkmann (S, Jr., Wadena, Minn.) also finished with a double-double with 48 assists and 13 digs. Volkmann also chipped in six kills on 12 attempts and only committed one attacking error (.417). Rachel Craig (MB, Jr., Wadena, Minn.) stepped up big for the Beavers, especially in the fifth and deciding set when she had two block assists that helped BSU win the match. Craig tied a career high in total blocks in a match with six.

The first set was a close one, but the difference was in the middle of the set when the Beavers had a little spurt of attacking errors that UIU took advantage of. BSU was trailing by just one point, 15-14 but three of the next five Peacock points came via a BSU attacking error making the score 20-15. The five-point deficit was too much for BSU to overcome as UIU won the first frame 25-19.

The second set was literally a back-and-forth affair. In the second alone, the Beavers and Peacocks were tied 14 times including at 23-23. Luckily, the Beavers found a way to get to crucial points at that juncture to take the second stanza to even the match score at a game a piece with a 25-23 victory.

Bemidji State took the momentum it gained in the second frame and continued to play well in the third. The Beavers gained their largest lead in the match with a six-point advantage at the 19-13 mark. However, to the Peacocks credit, they came back to get the set tied again at 23 all. Like in the second, BSU came up with two key plays to give it the set victory, 25-23.

After the break, the Peacocks came out with new energy. At one point in the fourth set, UIU served on 13 of 15 points and opened up its largest lead of the match at 17-8. The nine-point hole that BSU dug for itself couldn’t be overcome as it fell to UIU 25-20 setting up a fifth set.

Like the previous two sets that BSU won in the match, the fifth was really close. Even though the fifth set only goes to 15 points, the two teams exchanged leads six times. BSU garnered the last lead and sealed its first conference victory since late September, 16-14.

Bemidji State 6-21 overall and 2-17 NSIC will wrap up the 2013 season against the Winona State University Warriors. WSU beat BSU Sept. 27 by a 3-0 score. First serve is scheduled for 4 p.m. tomorrow.

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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).