|September 03, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
Haney - 2
|September 03, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||5th||Final|
Allie - 2
Brianah - 2
Stephanie - 2
SEWARD, Neb. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team defeated Bethany College but fell to Lindenwood University-Belleville to split the final day at the Bulldog Bash Tournament in Seward, Neb. The Beavers (2-2, 0-0 NSIC) began the day by defeating the Swedes 3-0 (25-16, 26-24, 25-21) but lost in five games to the Lady Lynx (24-26, 25-18, 22-25, 25-17, 9-15).
"We saw a lot of good things today and were able to make adjustments as needed," said head coach Kevin Ulmer. "Overall I thought our team defense improved today."
Bemidji State 3, Bethany 0
The Beavers used a solid team performance to defeat the Swedes in Saturday’s first action of the day and saw three student-athletes post double-digits in kills. Senior Amanda Tronick (Hutchinson, Minn.) paved the way for Bemidji State with 15 kills and senior Jessica Yost (Bemidji, Minn.) followed with 14 kills while leading the team by hitting at a .462 clip. Freshman Julie Touchett (Milwaukee, Wis.) followed with her season high 10 kills.
"We did a better job of getting our shots to hit the floor and choosing our shots," continued Ulmer. "Bethany had a really good back court and I thought we adapted well into choosing were to attack."
As a team BSU out hit Bethany .292 (47K-16E-106TA) to .140 (30K-17E-93TA) and added six service aces and four blocks. Yost led the Beavers defensively by posting her second double-double of the season with 13 digs. Jordyn Koehn (Mukwanago, Wis.) and Shelby Haney (Cedar Park, Texas) split time at the setter position and tallied 20 and 18 assists, respectively.
Bemidji State 2, Lindenwood-Belleville 3
In the tournament’s final match, the Beavers would take the Lady Lynx of Lindenwood-Belleville to five games. However, the Beavers came up short in the final set 15-9 and finish the tournament with an even 2-2 record.
The Beavers had another tremendous offensive game and hit .225 as a team but only hit .116 in the match’s final set.
"The final match was just a great competitive match," said Ulmer. "I thought we adjusted well throughout the match and it came down to the fifth set where our serve/serve recieve game caught us. I certainly feel like it was a good learning experience for our team and I thought they handled the pressure well."
Yost would tally her second 20 or more kill match of the season after leading BSU with 24 and hit .364, also leading the team. The Bemidji, Minn., native tallied 20 or more kills in just three matches in 2015 and was four shy of tying a career-high of 28 set on Oct. 31, 2015.
Tronick and Touchett each followed with 14 kills and 13 kills, respectively, their second straight game with 10 or more kills. Tronick led the team with 23 digs for her first double-double of the season while freshman Emma Hallmann (Muskego, Wis.) tallied a season-high 21 digs.
The Beavers tallied nine team blocks during the match and were led by sophomore Heather Fletcher (Brainerd, Minn.) with five (1BS-4BA).
The Bemidji State volleyball team will be back in action next weekend and travel to Sioux Falls, S.D., to participate in the Sioux Falls Invitational Sep., 9-10. The Beavers will face Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opponents the University of Minnesota, Crookston as well as the University of Sioux Falls in non-conference play.
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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).