|September 19, 2014||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
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BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team had No. 19 Wayne State College on the ropes several times Friday evening at BSU Gymnasium, but ultimately fell in the three sets, 25-18, 25-19, 28-26. With the loss, the Beavers fall to 2-8 overall and 0-2 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play, while Wayne State improves to 9-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play.
The first set was a tight one as the two squads were tied at 10 different times during the frame. The main reason why the match was tight was because Bemidji State and Wayne State both played stellar defense registering 20 digs each. WSC’s offense, however, was the difference as it hit .326 compared to BSU’s .119. However, Bemidji State received an offensive spark from junior Chelsea Frison (MB, Jr., Whitewater, Wis.) in the first hitting 1.000 with five kills on five attempts, but it wasn’t enough as the Wildcats took a 1-0 lead, 25-18.
Wayne State scored the first three points in the second and never looked back taking the frame, 25-19. Sophomore Amanda Tronick (OH, Hutchinson, Minn.) helped keep BSU in the stanza registering six kills. Tronick and the rest of the Beavers cut the deficit that was as large six points to three twice, but a pair of costly service errors turned possession back over to Wildcats and they finished off the set winning, 25-19.
In what proved to be the final set, the Beavers and Wildcats went back and forth much like they did in the first with eight ties and three lead changes. BSU actually hit better than the Wildcats for the only time in the match in the third, hitting .298 compared to WSC’s .259. The key to BSU taking the No. 19th-ranked Wildcats to extra points was its defense. The Beavers notched 26 digs to go along with three blocks. Junior Kayla DeJong (DS, Jefferson, Wis.) along with seniors Elissa Christensen (DS, Montevideo, Minn.) and Courtney Volkmann (S, Wadena, Minn.) registered dig totals of six, five and five, respectively to keep pivotal Wildcat attacks from hitting the ground but it wasn’t enough as WSC took the third and the match, 28-26.
- Senior setter Courtney Volkmann registered her third double-double of the season with 35 assists and 15 digs. Volkmann had nine double-doubles last season, which led Bemidji State.
- Despite losing its first two NSIC matches 3-0, Bemidji State has put back-to-back stellar defensive performances together as it has a combined 119 digs. In tonight’s match versus Wayne State the Beavers notched 60 digs and Tuesday’s match against University of Minnesota Crookston BSU dug up 59 balls. To put it in perspective, BSU’s previous high in digs in a three-set match this season was 39 versus Lake Superior State University, Sept. 5.
- Amanda Tronick has found her offensive grove as of late as the Hutchinson, Minn. native has 15 kills in two of her last three matches. Tronick has also been very accurate on the attack hitting .368 on 87 attempts with 42 kills in those three contests.
Next up: The road does not get much easier for Bemidji State as it returns to the court tomorrow afternoon against No. 22 Augustana College. First serve is scheduled for 4 p.m. at 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).