|October 28, 2014||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||5th||Final|
CROOKSTON, Minn. (Lysaker Gymnasium) — The Bemidji State University volleyball team fell in a five-set thriller at University of Minnesota Crookston Tuesday evening, 3-2 (19-25, 34-36, 25-21, 27-25, 10-15). With the loss, the Beavers fall to 5-19 overall and 3-13 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action, while UMC improves to 11-13 overall and 5-11 in conference play.
Set 1: Minnesota Crookston scored seven of the first 10 points in the frame and extended its lead to as many as 10 at 22-12. BSU cut the deficit with 6-0 run, but the early hole was too much for the Beavers to overcome as the Golden Eagles took the first frame by a score of 25-19.
Set 2: The second set was a historic one for both teams. Twenty-two times the score was tied and neither team could gain much momentum. UMC scored the final two points of the marathon set with a kill by Brittany Looker and an ace by Becca Vandenheuvel and took the stanza 36-34.
The 36-34 score was the second-most points scored in a single set since the NCAA went to the 25-point scoring system in 2008. The most points scored in the single set ironically occurred last season in Crookston, Minn. when UMC defeated Augustana College, 37-35.
Set 3: Like the second set, the two teams exchanged leads until BSU took the lead for good at 18-17 with a kill from Kelsi Crawford and eventually took the stanza 25-21. Rachel Craig led BSU with four kills in nine attempts in the frame.
Set 4: The fourth set was another back and forth affair as the score was tied 11 times. BSU had two opportunities to close out the Golden Eagles before finally finishing off the stanza, 27-25. Sophomore Jessica Yost and Amanda Tronick had six and five kills, respectively to lead the Beavers to force a fifth set.
Set 5: UMC and BSU again exchanged points to start the fifth and deciding set until the Golden Eagles received a kill from Looker to make it 9-8. After the Looker kill, UMC never relinquished the lead and the Golden Eagles took the set and match, 15-10.
Notes on Bemidji State
- BSU’s second set total of 34 points was the most by the Beavers in a single set since the NCAA went to the 25-point scoring system and was two shy of tying the program record of 36 which was set on three separate occasions, the last being Sept. 26, 2003 versus UMC.
- Rachel Craig had seven total blocks in the match, which puts the Wadena, Minn. native just 13 blocks shy of tying former Beavers Heather Haugen (2001-04) and Nicole McDougal (2000-03) for tenth on BSU’s all-time block list (280).
- With 47 assists tonight, Courtney Volkmann needs just 54 assists to move into sole possession of fifth place on BSU’s all-time assist list.
Next up: BSU will return home Friday as it takes on Southwest Minnesota State University at 7 p.m. and it closes out the home schedule Saturday at 4 p.m. versus University of Sioux Falls.
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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).