|September 09, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
Haney - 16
|September 09, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
Haney - 15
Sioux Falls, S.D. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team split the opening day at the Sioux Falls Invitational in Sioux Falls, S.D. The Beavers (3-3, 0-0 NSIC) began the day by defeating University of Minnesota Crookston (2-3, 0-0 NSIC) in three sets but fell to University of Sioux Falls (3-2, 0-0 NSIC), 3-1.
Bemidji State 3 – Minnesota Crookston 0
The Beavers had their best offensive game of the season in the tournament’s first action and totaled a .349 hitting percentage as a team. Senior outside hitter Jessica Yost led the team with 14 of the team’s 37 kills while Amanda Tronick compiled the highest attacking efficiency with a .455 clip and totaled 12 kills. Tronick also led the team with a season high three service aces.
“I thought our team defense and offensive variety was very good,” said head coach Kevin Ulmer. “We had our moments where things weren’t going so great but we held our composure and were able to get the victory.”
Sophomore Heather Fletcher added five kills while Hailey Kauling tallied four kills on seven attacks. Freshman Emma Hallmann led the Beavers with 12 digs and freshman Julie Touchett led BSU’s defense with four blocks.
Bemidji State 1 – Sioux Falls 3
The Beavers started strong against the Cougars, but were derailed from their second win of the day after the third and fourth sets.
"We played 30 or 40 minutes of solid volleyball," continued Ulmer. "We did everything really well and played solid defense in the first two sets, but I think we got a little too one dimensional that proved to be our downfall.
Bemidji State attacked at a .119 clip as a team and committed 22 errors during the game. The Beavers were once again led by Yost who tallied 12 kills while Tronick followed with 10. Touchett and Morgan Koshiol added five kills while Fletcher and Kauling each had two.
Hallmann led the team with 12 digs and Touchett, Fletcher and Yost each had three blocks.
The Beavers finish play at the Sioux Falls Invitational tomorrow as well as their final non-conference match-up. Bemidji State begins the day by playing William Jewell College at 9 a.m. followed by South Dakota School of Mines & Technology 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).