BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team begins Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play Thursday by hosting St. Cloud State University for their 2016 home opener. The Beavers (4-4, 0-0 NSIC) and Huskies (4-4, 0-0, NSIC) are slated to begin play at 7 p.m.
The Beavers and Huskies series dates back to 1969 with SCSU leading the series record, 44-21. Bemidji State and St. Cloud State’s most recent meeting came last season where the Huskies defeated the Beavers in four sets (25-23,20-25,17-25,19-25) on Sep. 15. The Beavers’ last win against the Huskies came on Sep. 23, 2014.
Bemidji State: The Beavers enter conference play tied for 13th in the NSIC standings. BSU has improved their attack since last season and have a hitting percentage of .236 over the team’s first eight games, ranking ninth in the league. Sophomore Heather Fletcher leads the Beavers with a .312 percentage followed by senior Jessica Yost at .310. Yost leads the team by averaging 4.38 kills per set and ranks second in the NSIC.
The Beavers are one of the top serving teams in the conference and average 2.19 aces per set, second in the NSIC. University of Minnesota Crookston leads the league at 2.38 a/s while St. Cloud State follows in third at 1.86 a/s. Freshman Shelby Haney leads the team with 17 aces (0.59 a/s) which is fourth best in the conference.
After an excellent weekend blocking, Fletcher leads the Bemidji State defense with 1.05 blocks per set. The Brainerd, Minn., native led the team with 17 blocks (2s-15a) over the weekend and now ranks fourth in the NSIC. As a team the Beavers earn 1.77 blocks per set, ranking 12th in conference.
Bemidji State returns to action after spending last weekend at the Sioux Falls Invitational held in Sioux Falls, S.D. The Beavers went 2-2 during the tournament and defeated Minnesota Crookston and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
St. Cloud State: The Huskies begin NSIC action after going 4-4 in non-conference play to open the season. SCSU spent the previous weekend at the Wisconsin-Parkside Tournament where they went 3-1. The Huskies are currently on a three game winning streak after defeating Lake Superior State University, Michigan Tech and University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
The Huskies have one of the lowest attacking percentage in the conference attacking at a .199 clip, ranking 13th, and also allow their opponents to hit at a .214 percentage, 15th in the league. Macy Weller leads the team by averaging 2.89 k/s while Micah Nier leads the team with a .333 hitting percentage.
Nicole Miller is one of the best servers in the conference and leads the league with 0.64 aces per set. Marissa Kline coordinates the Huskies’ attack and ranks ninth in the NSIC with 10.04 assists per set. Nier also leads the Huskies’ defense by averaging 0.86 blocks per set (1s-23a).
(3) Minnesota Duluth: The Bulldogs will enter Saturday’s contest ranked the No. 3 team in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Poll. UMD has had a hot start to the season and are 8-0 in the team’s first eight games. Minnesota Duluth is tied for second in the NSIC Standings and will face Minnesota Crookston on Thursday, Sep. 15 before facing the Beavers.
The Bulldogs are one of the top tier teams in the NSIC and rank fifth and sixth in the league in kills (13.85k/s) and hitting percentage (.257), respectively. Minnesota Duluth’s defense is just as strong and average 2.04 blocks per set, ranking fifth in the conference.
UMD is led by Makenzie Morgen who averages 2.93 k/s but also have Sarah Kelly, Allison Olley, Taylor Wissbroecker and Sydnie Mauch who all average more than two kills per set. Olley also leads the team in blocks per set with 1.05 per set and is third best in the NSIC.
Beavers go 2-2 at Sioux Falls Invitational
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.
Senior outside hitters Amanda Tronick and Jessica Yost combined for 57 kills Saturday as the Bemidji State University volleyball program split at the final day of the Sioux Falls Invitational. BSU took a 3-1 (19-25, 25-10, 25-16, 25-15) win from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology after dropping a 3-1 (20-25, 26-24, 20-25, 23-25) match to William Jewell College.
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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).