BEMIDJI, Minn. - After a four-game road swing, the Bemidji State University volleyball team returns home for a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) matches against Upper Iowa University and Winona State University this weekend. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday, respectively.
Scouting the Beavers
Three Bemidji State players have over 100 kills this season. Leading the way has been sophomore Jessica Yost (OH, Bemidji, Minn.) with 187 kills. Yost is followed closely by fellow sophomore Amanda Tronick (OH, Hutchinson, Minn.) with 143 kills. BSU’s most efficient hitter this season, however, has been Rachel Craig (MB, Sr., Wadena, Minn.) with a .247 hitting percentage and 115 kills.
Setting up Bemidji State’s offense has been senior Courtney Volkmann (Wadena, Minn.). Volkmann has registered 383 assists (9.12/per set), which ranks tenth in the NSIC.
Defensively, Bemidji State has been led by junior Kayla DeJong (DS, Jefferson, Wis.). DeJong leads BSU with 251 digs (4.40/per set). On the block, Rachel Craig leads the way with 51 total blocks (0.89/per set). Craig’s 51 blocks currently ranks eighth in the NSIC.
Scouting Upper Iowa
The Peacocks have already matched their win total from all of 2013 with eight wins thus far. Upper Iowa has been led by Jennifer Mundt who currently ranks second in the NSIC and seventh nationally with 260 kills. Defensively, the Peacocks rank first in the conference with 1,091 digs with Amanda Weiss leading the way with 278 digs.
Scouting Winona State
Like Upper Iowa, Winona State has matched its win total of 11 from last season already first-year head coach Joe Getzin. Getzin came to WSU after being the head coach at Division I Ole Miss for 12 seasons.
The Warriors are led by Danielle Rampart, who currently ranks 13th nationally in kills per set with 4.16. In addition, McKenna Larsen has provided WSU a boost from the service line with 25 service aces, which is second in the NSIC.
Defensively, it has been a collective effort by the Warriors as they have five different players averaging over two digs per set. This group is led by Jamie Cairncross with 4.24 digs per frame.
Just keep swinging
Sophomore Jessica Yost ranks fifth in the NSIC and 43rd nationally in attack attempts (599).
Courtney Volkmann needs 167 more assists to move into a tie for sixth place with former Beaver Amy Soehnen (1992-95) for sixth place on BSU’s all-time assist list.
BSU sophomore Jessica Yost and Amanda Tronick have accounted for a combined 18 15-kill matches in their two seasons as Beavers, including four each this season.
12 of the BSU’s 15 players this season are from the state of Minnesota
NSIC no comparison
The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference currently has six teams ranked in the latest AVCA Top 25 Poll and three teams are ranked in the top 10. BSU is 0-3 so far this season against these six schools currently ranked (University of Minnesota Duluth (2), Concordia-St. Paul (3), Southwest Minnesota State University (7), Wayne State College (13), Augustana College (19) and Northern State University (24).
There are five freshman on this year’s BSU team. Three of the five have seen action in matches this season. (Angela Gareri, Jordyn Koehn and Caitlin Volkmann)
Kayla DeJong currently ranks seventh in the NSIC with 252 digs and ranks eighth in the conference with 4.42 digs per set. The last BSU player to finish top 10 in digs in the NSIC was Brie Groskreutz (third, 513 digs).
On the Block
Senior Rachel Craig is tied for eighth in the NSIC in blocks with 51. Craig has led the Beavers in blocks in each of her four seasons.
Head Coach Wayne Chadwick currently has 31 career wins as BSU’s head coach which is the fifth most in program history. Chadwick needs just one win to tie former Beaver head coach Jan Gudknecht for fourth on the all-time wins list.
Series history vs. Upper Iowa
Bemidji State holds an eight-game advantage over the Peacocks in the all-time series (13-5). BSU took both matches against Upper Iowa last season by identical 3-2 scores.
Series history vs. Winona State
The Bemidji State-Winona State rivalry dates all the way back to 1970. WSU holds a slight edge over the Beavers in the series, 47-44. Winona State has won the past 11 matches versus BSU. The Beavers last win over the Warriors came in Winona, Minn. Sept. 21, 2007.
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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).