Beavers continue schedule with consecutive matches against ranked opponents
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Beavers continue schedule with consecutive matches against ranked opponents

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team continues Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play this weekend when it plays No. 10 Wayne State College (Neb.) Friday and No. 20 Augustana College Saturday. The Beavers (4-12, 2-5 NSIC) travel to Wayne, Neb. and to Sioux Falls, S.D. to face ranked opponents in consecutive matches.

Bemidji State looks to rebound from last week, after it dropped two conference matches to Minnesota State University Moorhead and No. 9 Northern State University. Despite winning the first set 25-19 against MSU-Moorhead, BSU lost three straight sets (16-25, 21-25, 21-25) to fall to the Dragons 3-1. The Beavers would have to rally back the next day against one of the few undefeated teams remaining in the NCAA. However, they couldn’t match the energy brought by the Wolves and fell in the match, 3-0.

Entering the weekend, seniors Kayla DeJong and Ashley Kiecker are among the conference leaders at their position. At Libero, DeJong has recorded 250 digs, ranking her sixth in the conference. Coordinating the Beavers attack as a setter, Kiecker has assisted on 364 kills and stands in 13th place in the NSIC. Outside hitter, Jessica Yost, is also among the conferences best in serving the ball and is tied for the lead with 24 service aces.

Leading the Beavers attack is the duo of Amanda Tronick and Yost. The pairing has combined for 58 percent of Bemidji State’s kills after Tronick paces the Beavers with 182 kills, followed by Yost with 170. The two also excel on the defensive side of the net as Yost ranks second on the team with 164 digs and has posted four double-doubles this season, and Tronick stands in fourth on the team with 106 digs and has also recorded four double-doubles.

Earning points on defense, the Beavers have a pair of freshmen leading the team in blocks. Hortonville, Wis. native Kori Leist leads the Beavers with 37 blocks (11s-26a) while Naperville, Ill. native Hailey Kauling ranks second with 31 (3s-28a).

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT

(10) Wayne State

The Wildcats stand tied for third place in the NSIC entering the weekend and have a record of 12-3 and 5-2 in the conference. Wayne State has a high-powered offense that ranks 30th in the nation and sixth in the NSIC in hitting percentage at .239.

The Wildcats have four student-athletes who have over 100 kills on the season, and are led by Katie Hughes with 169. Hughes is followed closely by Alyssa Frauendorfer with 168 kills, and Frauendorfer ranks eighth in the conference with a .349 hitting percentage. Elizabeth Gebhardt has added 159 kills, while Michaela Mestl follows with 123. Leisa McClintock coordinates the Wildcat’s attack and averages 10.98 assists per set.

The all-time series

The Beavers and Wildcats have played each other since 1995, and in 29 matches, Wayne State leads the all-time series 27-2. WSC is currently on a 18 game winning streak after winning the last meeting 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-16) in Wayne, Neb.

(20) Augustana

The Vikings have compiled a 11-4 record so far this season and are tied for fourth place in the conference with a 4-3 record. Augustana ranks seventh in the NSIC with a .237 hitting percentage and 11th in the nation in kills per set (14.07).

Leading the Vikings attack is Dani Magdzas who has 148 kills on the season with a .281 hitting percentage. She is followed by Brittany Cech with 129 kills (.239) and Sydney Hunsley with 118 (.275). Augustana has the best defensive player in the NSIC in Tahlyr Banks, who leads the conference with 5.82 digs per set (320).

The all-time series

Bemidji State and Augustana have met one another for a total of 23 matches dating back to 1983. The Vikings lead the all-time series with a record of 20-3, and hold a seven game winning streak against the Beavers. Augustana and BSU last met Nov. 7, 2014 where the Vikings defeated the Beavers in four sets, 3-1 (18-25, 25-20, 20-25, 19-25) in Sioux Falls, S.D.

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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).

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