|September 15, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||5th||Final|
St. Cloud State
Weller - 15
Nier - 3
Rollo - 3
BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team got its first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference win under head coach Kevin Ulmer after rallying to defeat St. Cloud State University, 3-2, Thursday.
After the Huskies (4-5, 0-1 NSIC) took the first two sets, BSU (5-4, 1-0 NSIC) answered back by taking the match's final three sets for their first NSIC win of the season. The Beavers were led by seniors Jessica Yost and Amanda Tronick who tallied 18 and 16 kills, respectively.
“It wasn’t real pretty but at the end of the day we were able to keep our composure and get the tight 3-2 win,” said head coach Kevin Ulmer. “You got to give St. Cloud credit they played really well, but when you have that energy and those kids out there that want to win, they stepped up and did an awesome job.”
The Beavers got off to a hot start to begin the match and went up 5-1 in the matches first six points. However, the Huskies would go on their own rally and took their first lead at 9-8. SCSU never looked back from then and took the first set 25-19.
In set two, Bemidji State and St. Cloud State were even at 4-4 but the Huskies were able to pull away later on into the set and took a 10-5 lead over the Beavers. SCSU would increase their lead to 15-9 but an 8-1 rally by BSU evened the score at 16. However, the Beavers would fail to close out the set as the Huskies to a two set lead by a final score of 25-20.
The third set would be more in favor of the Beavers and midway through the set, Bemidji State held a 14-8 lead. St. Cloud State would bring the score to 13-15, but BSU would be able to hold them off and took set three, 25-20.
Both teams would be competitive in the fourth set with each team trading points throughout the set. The score would go back and forth and with only five points remaining, the score was tied 22-22. Each team would gain a point to make it 23-23 but service and attacking errors by the Huskies gave the Beavers the 25-23 win.
The fifth and final set would be just as competitive as the last and with the score tied at 10-10 at the halfway point, neither team could gain an edge. SCSU would gain a 13-11 advantage over BSU, but the Beavers rallied back to tie the game again at 13-13. Each team traded points again to make it 15-15, but a kill by freshman Shelby Haney put the Beavers ahead 16-15. Junior Ashley Abear clinched the win for BSU on the next serve after recording the match ending ace.
Tronick led the team by attacking at a .452 percentage while Yost followed at .230. Freshman Julie Touchett added nine kills and sophomore Jessica Reega had seven. The Beavers defended the net well and had a season high 12 team blocks. Sophomore Heather Fletcher led the team by recording a career-high seven blocks. Haney set a career-high with 41 assists during the match and Yost, Tronick and Haney all recorded double-doubles with 18, 16 and 11 digs, respectively.
The Beavers will have a touch match-up on Saturday as the team travels to Duluth, Minn., to face No. 3 University of Minnesota Duluth. The Beavers and Bulldogs will face each other starting at 4 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).