|September 13, 2014||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||5th||Final|
|September 13, 2014||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
Fort Hays State
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team dropped a pair of matches to South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Fort Hays State University by scores of 3-2 and 3-1, respectively. The Beavers end non-conference play with a 2-6 mark.
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology match recap: Bemidji State registered one of its best defensive performances in recent memory with 14 team blocks, but it was not enough to gain a victory as the Hardrockers prevailed, 3-2 (15-25, 25-13, 25-22, 19-25, 9-15). The undoing of the Beavers’ chances could be traced to their struggles serving and receiving as they committed 27 serve/receive errors against SDSMT.
The Hardrockers used a varied offense to take the first frame from BSU 25-15. Five different SDSMT players registered kills and hit .400 as a team. BSU’s offense seemed like it was finding its groove as junior Ashley Kiecker (S, Hector, Minn.) dished out 10 assists in the first stanza, but once Bemidji State gained possession it had a hard time holding onto the serve as the Beavers committed five service errors.
Bemidji State used eight kills from Jessica Yost (OH, So., Bemidji, Minn.) and eight total blocks to tie the match at one piece, 25-13. Senior Rachel Craig (MB, Wadena, Minn.) led the Beaver block party with five block assists and Kiecker was not far behind with four blocks in the second.
BSU got a spark from Craig with six kills in the third to pull ahead of the Hardrockers, 25-22. The stanza was a tight one as neither team had a lead more than three points and the score was tied at four different points. In addition to Craig, six other Beavers registered at least one point in the frame so it was a well-rounded victory.
SDSMT tied the match 2-2 with a 25-19 win the in the fourth. The Hardrockers benefitted from seven inaccurate attacks from Bemidji State and that proved to be the difference in the stanza.
In the rubber set the Beavers were plagued by the service error. Four points were handed to SDSMT because of inaccuracies from BSU’s servers and it cost them falling, 15-9.
Fort Hays State match recap: Bemidji State ran into another competitive match in its tilt against Fort Hays State, but fell short losing in four sets, 3-1. Despite the result, BSU had more kills (57 to 49), hitting percentage (.227 to .195), digs (70 to 65) and assists (52 to 46).
Craig proved to be a force offensively and defensively like she did in the first match of the day with 13 kills and seven total blocks. In addition to Craig, sophomores Yost and Amanda Tronick (OH, Hutchinson, Minn.) registered 15 and 13 kills, respectively.
Defensively, the Beavers posted another solid defensive outing with 11 total blocks and 70 digs. Junior Kayla DeJong (DS, Jefferson, Wis.) led the way for the Beavers with 17 digs, but four other BSU players also registered double-digit dig totals versus the Tigers.
- In the match against South Dakota School of Mines, Jessica Yost registered a new career-high with 24 kills.
- Rachel Craig also had a stellar match against the Hardrockers with eight total blocks. The eight rejections is the fourth most ever by a BSU player in a single match.
- Freshman Jordyn Koehn (S, Mukawonago, Wis.) got her first career start versus Fort Hays State and registered a double-double with 45 assists and 10 digs.
Coach’s take: “It was disappointing overall since we did not play with the same intensity and drive as we did last week. It was, however, a learning experience in how to deal with adversity,” said BSU head coach Wayne Chadwick, “Hopefully in the future, if we find ourselves in a similar situation, we will be more comfortable and better able to respond.”
Next up: With nonconference play in the books, Bemidji State turns its attention to conference play. The Beavers begin NSIC play Tuesday at home with a match against University of Minnesota Crookston. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. from BSU Gymnasium.
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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).