October 31, 20141st2nd3rd4thFinal
Southwest Minnesota232525253
Bemidji State252219191
.283Hitting Pct..213
127Total Attacks122
Beekman - 14
KillsCraig - 12
Larson - 46
AssistsVolkmann - 35
Bennett - 2
Larson - 2
AcesYost - 2
Fox - 2
Burmeister - 15
DigsDeJong - 14
Parker - 2
Oden - 2
BlocksFrison - 3
Tronick - 3
No. 8 Southwest Minnesota State knocks off Bemidji State, 3-1
Friday, October 31, 2014
No. 8 Southwest Minnesota State knocks off Bemidji State, 3-1

BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) — The Bemidji State University volleyball team took the first set from the Southwest Minnesota State University Mustangs, 25-23, but fell in the next three sets 25-22, 25-19 and 25-19. With the loss the Beavers fall to 5-20 overall and 3-14 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action, while SMSU improves to 18-7 overall and 13-4 in conference play. 

Rachel Craig paced the Beavers’ offense in the contest with 12 kills on 20 attempts with a .450 attacking percentage. It was the third time in the past four matches that the Wadena, Minn. native has hit above .350.

Set 1: Bemidji State led by as many as 10 points in the first set (16-6) and held on for a 25-23, set victory. BSU had set point four times before finally finishing off the Mustangs. Amanda Tronick led the Beavers’ offense in the first frame hitting .667 with six kills on nine attack attempts.  

Set 2: Despite being outhit .361 to .167, BSU hung around in the frame. The two teams were tied 13 times in the stanza and there were also five lead changes. After SMSU took the lead 16-15, it never relinquished the advantage and took the frame 25-22. BSU closed the gap to 21-20 with a Tronick kill but the Mustangs scored four of the next six points to tie the match at one.

Set 3: The two teams exchanged the set’s first 22 points before the Mustangs took the lead for good as they won the third set, 25-19. BSU was helped mightily by seven SMSU attacking errors to get points as the Beavers only managed just three digs in the stanza.

Set 4: The Beavers and Mustangs were locked in an offensive battle in the fourth frame. SMSU outhit Bemidji State .433 to .320 in the fourth en route to a 25-19 set victory. Senior Rachel Craig posted five of her 12 kills in the frame but it wasn’t enough to overtake SMSU.  

Notes on Bemidji State

  • With BSU’s win over SMSU in the first frame, it was the first time that the Beavers have taken a frame from a top 10 team since Oct. 9, 2010 against then-No. 2 University of Minnesota Duluth.
  • Courtney Volkmann notched 35 assists in tonight’s match versus the Mustangs and only needs 19 more helpers to move in sole possession of fifth place on BSU’s all-time assist list.

Next up: Bemidji State will close out its home schedule tomorrow afternoon with a match against University of Sioux Falls. 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).