|September 15, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
St. Cloud State
Butler - 2
ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team dropped its first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference match of the season at St. Cloud State University Thursday night. The Beavers once again started strong against their opponent, but fell to the Huskies 3-1 (25-23, 20-25, 17-25, 19-25).
The Beavers and Huskies traded points early throughout the first set and BSU held an 8-6 lead before St. Cloud State score six out of seven points to take a 12-9 lead over Bemidji State. Down 20-16 late in the set, the Beavers scored nine of the last 12 points in the set and took the first set over the Huskies 25-23.
Another strong start for the Beavers gave them an early 8-6 lead in the second set, however, a seven-point rally by St. Cloud State took momentum away from BSU. Bemidji State would pull within one late in the set at 21-20, but SCSU scored the remaining four points to take the second set 25-20 and even the match.
Unlike the first two sets, Bemidji State started slow in the third set and found themselves down 10-6 mid-way through the set. Later in the set, the Huskies extended their lead to 19-11 before head coach Wayne Chadwick called a timeout. BSU responded by scoring the next four points to pull back within four of SCSU. However, the Beavers comeback would fall short and the Huskies would eventually take the third set 25-17.
Another slow start for BSU in the fourth set hindered the Beavers and found themselves down 14-8. Bemidji State would pull within three after a four point rally, but the Huskies would go on to score 10 of the final 16 points and defeated the Beavers 25-19 in the fourth set and 3-1 in the match.
Pacing the Beavers offense was junior Amanda Tronick who totaled 14 kills in the match and Hailey Kauling who added 11 kills and led BSU with a .240 hitting percentage. Senior Kayla Dejong led the Beavers defense with 17 digs and added three service aces. Setting the ball for BSU was Ashley Kiecker who totaled 37 assists on the night.
Bemidji State will continue conference play this weekend when they host No. 1 University of Minnesota Duluth Saturday, at 2 p.m.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooden region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, BSU 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).