September 12, 20141st2nd3rdFinal
Bemidji State1610130
Missouri Western2525253
.032Hitting Pct..376
94Total Attacks93
Craig - 7
KillsOlion - 12
Kiecker - 17
AssistsChohon - 41
Yost - 1
AcesChohon - 2
Goranova - 2
DeJong - 8
DigsFaubel - 15
Craig - 4
BlocksBoender - 6
Rottinghaus - 6
September 12, 20141st2nd3rdFinal
Northwest Missouri2525253
Bemidji State1323150
.171Hitting Pct..010
111Total Attacks97
Becker - 11
KillsYost - 12
Dannettell - 29
AssistsKiecker - 18
Vance - 2
AcesFrison - 1
Yost - 1
Vance - 17
DigsFox - 13
Becker - 7
BlocksFrison - 4
Beavers drop a pair in the first day of the NSIC Challenge
Friday, September 12, 2014
Beavers drop a pair in the first day of the NSIC Challenge

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  – The Bemidji State University volleyball team dropped a pair of matches in the first day of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Challenge Friday. The Beavers fell to Missouri Western State University and Northwest Missouri State University by identical 3-0 scores. Bemidji State’s record dips to 2-4 in 2014 with the losses.

Missouri Western match recap: Bemidji State had a rough go of it in its first match of the day against Missouri Western State, falling 3-0 (25-16, 25-10, 25-13). MWSU’s Kelsey Olion, Amanda Boender and Jessie Thorup hit .611, .579 and .333, respectively to lead the Griffons to their fourth win of 2014. The Griffons not only used kills to spark their offense, they also used a mixture of 25 BSU errors and seven blocks with six service aces to secure the victory.

The Griffons used a 3-0 run and a 4-0 run to bookend the first frame en route to a 25-16 victory. Rachel Craig (MB, Sr., Wadena, Minn.) provided most of the offense for Bemidji State with four kills and a .667 hitting percentage in the first set. While Craig paced the Beavers’ offense, MWSU had two players that were firing on all cylinders. Olion and Thorup combined for 11 kills and hit .750 and .571, respectively.

Bemidji State’s offensive struggles continued in the second as it hit a season-low -.033 with three kills in 30 attempts. The Griffons, however, put together their best offensive set of the match hitting .406 with 17 kills in 32 attempts. The set got away from BSU after a Craig kill made it 11-7 MWSU. From that point on, the Griffons rattled off 10 straight points to make stretch their lead to 21-7. The 14-point hole proved to be too large for Bemidji State to overcome as it fell 25-10.

In what proved to be final set, MWSU remained hot, while BSU remained cold. Bemidji State was unable to maintain possession of serve, as it failed to serve consecutive times in the entire frame and fell 25-13. Kelsi Crawford (OH, Sr., Wadena, Minn.), Jessica Yost (OH, So., Bemidji, Minn.) and Amanda Tronick (OH, Fr., Hutchinson, Minn.) produced the bulk of the Beavers’ offense in the third with two kills apiece, but they could not stop the Griffons’ offense as MWSU hit .375 in the match-clinching set.

Northwest Missouri State match recap: In match two of the day; many of the same issues that plagued the Beavers in the first match reared their ugly heads again. Bemidji State struggled keeping serves off the court as it committed seven receiving errors in a 3-0 loss to the Bearcats. 

BSU looked like it corrected its miscues as the first set got underway. The Beavers and Bearcats were tied, 10-10, before BSU’s offense went cold and mustered just three points the rest of the set as the Bearcats took the first frame 25-13.

The second set was by far the best set that Bemidji State played on the day. BSU hit .225 with 14 kills and just five errors. Yost led the charge, collecting five of her 12 kills coming in the second. The two squads were tied 23 all, but the Beavers committed a pair of critical attacking errors and the Bearcats took the frame, 25-23.

NWMSU scored the first point and did not taking the third set and the match, 25-15. The Bearcats had their worst offensive set of the match but the Beavers did not take advantage of it as they had theirs as well. Both squads committed nine attacking errors but the Bearcats had 11 kills while BSU had three.


-        Junior Ashley Kiecker (S, Hector, Minn.) made her first two career starts in place of Courtney Volkmann (S, Wadena, Minn.). Kiecker registered 35 assists on the day.

-        Rachel Craig was Bemidji State’s most consistent offensive player on the day contributing 12 kills on 25 attempts. Craig also registered one solo block and four block assists.

Coach’s take: “We really struggled serving and receiving today,” said BSU head coach Wayne Chadwick, “When we were able to keep the ball up and run our offense, we showed flashes of what we did last weekend.”

Next up: BSU will return to action in the second day of the NSIC Challenge as it takes on South Dakota School of Mines at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow. Bemidji State will also face Fort Hays State University at 4:30 p.m. to round out the non-conference portion of the schedule.

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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).