BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team continues its non-conference portion of the 2016 season this weekend by participating in the Sioux Falls Invitational held at Sioux Falls, S.D. The Beavers (2-2, 0-0 NSIC) will face Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference members University of Minnesota, Crookston (2-2, 0-0 NSIC) and University of Sioux Falls (2-2, 0-0 NSIC) in non-conference action as well as William Jewell University (2-2, 0-0 GLVC) and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (0-4, 0-0 RMAC).
Day one of the tournament begins on Friday, Sep. 9 with the Beavers facing the Golden Eagles at 9 a.m. followed by the Cougars at 2 p.m. The second day will start with Bemidji State taking on the Cardinals at 9 a.m. and the Hardrockers at 2 p.m. for the tournament’s final match.
Minnesota Crookston: The Golden Eagles enter the weekend with a 2-2 record after spending last weekend at the Ferris State Tournament in Big Rapids, Mich. Minnesota Crookston began the tournament by falling to Grand Valley State University in three games but defeated Lake Superior State University, 3-0. The Golden Eagles then fell to California State University-San Bernadino, 3-1, but then brought their record to .500 by defeating West Virginia State University, 3-0.
UMC is led by Maggie Perrel who averages 3.31 kills/set and has 43 total on the season. Callie Schapekahm leads the Golden Eagles in hitting percentage at a .550 clip while Sierra Trost is the primary setter with 98 assists.
Leading Minnesota Crookston’s defense is Kelci Green who leads the team with six blocks (0.60 b/s) while Trost leads the team with 38 digs.
As a team the Golden Eagles rank 15th in the NSIC with a .197 hitting percentage and 14th by averaging 11.0 k/s. Defensively, Minnesota Crookston averages 14.92 d/s ranking 11th and 1.54 b/s, ranking ninth.
The Beavers defeated the Golden Eagles twice in 2015 and own a 22-16 record all-time. Bemidji State defeated Minnesota Crookston in four sets (23-25,25-23,25-15,25-22) when they last played on Oct. 20, 2015.
Sioux Falls: The Cougars begin the weekend’s action holding a 2-2 record and return to play after spending last weekend at the Lindenwood University Invitational in St. Charles, Mo. Sioux Falls began the tournament with two losses against Northwest Missouri State University and Lindenwood University but rebounded with two wins against the Univeristy of Missouri-St. Louis and Maryville University.
Sioux Falls is led on offense by Makenna Rockeman who has 55 total kills and averages 3.44 k/s. Lexi Scott boasts the team’s highest attacking efficiency at a .462 clip. Defensively, the Cougars are led by Abby Folk who averages 2.88 d/s while Jordan Calef leads the team with 19 total blocks (1.19 b/s). As a team USF ranks second in the NSIC with 2.22 b/s.
The Beavers and Cougars last played Oct. 16, 2015 where the Beavers lost in three sets (21-25,23-25,12-25). Sioux Falls owns a 5-1 all-time record against Bemidji State.
William Jewell: The Cardinals enter the weekend with a 2-2 record after spending last weekend at the Capital Classic in Springfield, Ill. William Jewell fell to Wayne State University (Mich.) but defeated the University of West Alabama. On the second day the Cardinals started with a win against Ohio Valley University but fell to fellow NSIC member Upper Iowa University in the tournament’s final match.
The Cardinals are led by Stefanie Richterkessing with 36 total kills and Leslie Booth who averages 3.00 k/s. Kennedy Ruckh leads William Jewell’s defense with 43 digs (3.58 d/s) and Madeline Johnson leads the team in blocks with 10.
This will be the first meeting between the Beavers and Cardinals.
South Dakota Mines: The Hardrockers return to action after spending last weekend at the Angelo State Tournament and fell in all four games. South Dakota Mines fell to Angelo State, St. Edwards University, Tarleton State University
and St. Mary’s University in the tournament.
The Hardrockers own a 2-0 all-time record against the Beavers and last played Sep. 13, 2014 defeating the Beavers in five sets (15-25, 25-13, 25-22, 19-25, 9-15).
Yost Reaches 1,000 Kills Milestone
Senior outside hitter Jessica Yost became the ninth player in BSU’s volleyball program to reach 1,000 career kills. Yost reached the Milestone after she tallied 15 kills against York College on Sep. 2. The Bemidji, Minn., native ranks eighth on Bemidji State’s career kills list with 1,048.
Fellow senior Amanda Tronick also nears the career milestone and owns 805 career kills.
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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).