Beavers set to host Golden Bears and Mavericks
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Beavers set to host Golden Bears and Mavericks

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team will end October by hosting No. 3 Concordia-St. Paul University Oct. 30 and Minnesota State University, Mankato Oct. 31. With just six matches remaining in 2015, the Beavers have compiled a 5-18 (3-11 NSIC) record.

The Beavers return home after going 0-2 this past weekend. BSU fell to Upper Iowa University 3-0 on Oct. 23 and then lost to No. 25 Winona State University 3-0, Oct. 24. The Beavers snapped a seven-match losing streak on Tuesday, Oct. 20 when they defeated the University of Minnesota Crookston 3-1 at home.

Junior Jessica Yost led the Beavers over the three-match span when she amassed 43 kills, including 20 kills against Minnesota Crookston.

Scouting The Beavers

Entering the week’s play, Bemidji State is tied for 13th in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference standings with a 3-11 record.

Bemidji State is led offensively by Yost who has totaled 252 kills in 839 attacks and has compiled a hitting percentage of .193. Yost now ranks 15th in the conference with 3.07 kills per set. Junior Amanda Tronick follows Yost with 232 kills on 712 attacks, and is hitting at a .146 clip.

Senior Kayla DeJong leads the Beavers defense with 339 digs and ranks 15th in the NSIC with 4.13 digs per set. Entering this weekend’s action, DeJong stands fifth at BSU for career digs with 1,282 and needs 22 to surpass Lora Hilga for fourth all-time.

Freshman Kori Leist leads the Beavers in blocks while averaging 0.70 blocks per set (12s-45a) followed by fellow freshman Hailey Kauling with 0.56 blocks per set (3s-37a).

Scouting The Golden Bears

The Golden Bears stand tied for second in the NSIC standings entering the weekend and are currently on a four-match win streak. The Golden Bears come to Bemidji, Minn., after a 2-0 weekend that saw 3-0 wins against St. Cloud State University and No. 8 University of Minnesota Duluth.

CSP is one of the top ranked teams in the conference and have the third best hitting percentage (.272), assists per set average (13.69), digs per set average (16.71), and rank second in blocks per set (2.49).

The Golden Bears have three student-athletes with over 200 kills and are led by Anna Schlaak with 271 (3.52 k/s). Riley Hanson is second on the team with 226 kills (2.90 k/s) followed by Emma Lange with 214 (2.74 k/s).

Kasey Williams will set the ball for Concordia-St. Paul and ranks third in the conference with 12.21 (940) assists per set. The Beavers attackers will go up against the league’s best blocker in Heather Schiller who averages 1.36 blocks per set, ranking her fourth in the nation.

The all-time series

Concordia-St. Paul leads the all-time series with Bemidji State. In a series that dates back to 1972, the Golden Bears hold a record of 27-9-1 against the Beavers. CSP won the last meeting, 3-0 (16-25, 16-25, 21-25) on Oct. 3, 2014 and currently have a 26-match winning streak against BSU.

Scouting The Mavericks

The Mavericks enter the weekend tied for seventh in the NSIC standings and are on a two-match winning streak after defeating No. 8 Minnesota Duluth 3-1, and St. Cloud State 3-0 this past weekend.

MSU ranks eighth in the conference in hitting percentage (.225) and assists per set (12.24) but stand 12th in digs per set (14.66). The Mavericks are one the best blocking teams in the conference, ranking fourth with 2.23 blocks per set.

Minnesota State uses one of the better attackers in the conference in Krista Hassing who ranks third in the NSIC with 4.13 (326) kills per set. Lexi Platz ranks second on the team with 172 (2.36 k/s) kills.

Hassing is also the Mavericks leading blocker and ranks fourth in the conference with 1.14 (27s-63a) blocks per set.

The all-time series

Minnesota State leads the all-time series against Bemidji State with a record of 35-18, and won the last meeting 3-0 (14-25, 15-25, 22-15) on Oct. 4, 2014. The Mavericks are currently on a 15-match winning streak against the Beavers that started on Sept. 11, 1998.

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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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