Beavers look to rebound by hosting Minnesota Crookston

Beavers look to rebound by hosting Minnesota Crookston
Monday, September 19, 2016
Beavers look to rebound by hosting Minnesota Crookston

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team continues Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play Tuesday by hosting University of Minnesota, Crookston at 7 p.m. The Beavers (5-5, 1-1 NSIC) and Golden Eagles (4-6, 0-2 NSIC) will meet for the second time this season after facing each other on Sep. 9.

The Beavers and Golden Eagles series dates back to 1994 with Bemidji State leading the series record, 23-16. Bemidji State and Minnesota Crookston’s most recent meeting came earlier this season where the Beavers defeated the Golden Eagles, 3-0,  on Sep. 9 in Seward, Neb. BSU is currently on a three game win streak against UMC having defeated the Golden Eagles twice last season.

The Teams

Bemidji State: The Beavers begin the fourth week of the season tied for fifth in the NSIC standings. After defeating St. Cloud State University in five sets, the Beavers traveled to No. 3 University of Minnesota Duluth, falling to the Bulldogs in three sets to even their conference record at 1-1.

Bemidji State enters Tuesday’s action ranking 10th in the conference in hitting percentage (.209) and 15th in kills per set (11.15). The Beavers defend the net by earning 1.79 blocks per set, ranking them 11th in the league. BSU is one of the top serving teams in the NSIC, and are second in the conference by averaging 1.90 aces per set.

Bemidji State runs their attack through senior Jessica Yost who leads the team by averaging 4.08 kills per set. Yost is also one of the top attackers in the NSIC, and ranks third in the league in that category. Sophomore Heather Fletcher has been a consistent contributor defending the net and leads Bemidji State with 1.07 blocks per set. She ranks sixth in the conference and set a career high with seven block assists against SCSU, Sep. 15. Freshman Shelby Haney has started the season as one of the top serving players in the NSIC. She leads the team by averaging 0.51 aces per set, ranking her sixth in the league.

Minnesota Crookston: The Golden Eagles travel to Bemidji State after going 0-2 last weekend to begin conference play. Minnesota Crookston opened NSIC play by hosting No. 3 UMD and fell to the Bulldogs in three sets. UMC then traveled to St. Cloud, Minn., to face the Huskies but earned their second conference loss after a five set match.

The Golden Eagles rank 15th in the conference by hitting at a .175 percentage as a team and are 13th in the NSIC with 11.65 kills per set. UMC’s defense averages 1.54 blocks per set, ranking them 13th while the Golden Eagles are the top serving team in the NSIC and average 2.15 aces per set.

Minnesota Crookston has one of the top hitters in the conference in Callie Schapekahm. Schapekahm leads the team with a .434 hitting percentage, sixth best in the league. Maggie Perrel leads the team in kills with 2.88 per set while Kelci Green averages 2.26 per set. Green also leads the Golden Eagles defense and averages 0.71 blocks per set. Her sister Kassi Green is the top server in the NSIC and averages 0.68 aces per set.

Beavers rally from two down to defeat huskies

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.

BSU falls to No. 3 UMD

The Bemidji State University volleyball team fell to No. 3 University Minnesota Duluth Saturday, 3-0 (25-7, 25-17, 25-9). The Beavers fall to 5-5 (1-1 NSIC) while the bulldogs improve to 10-0 (2-0 NSIC).

The Beavers were led by senior Amanda Tronick who tallied seven kills in the match while Jessica Yost added six kills. Freshman Julie Touchett and sophomore Heather Fletcher each added three kills. Freshman Kelli Auer led the Beaver’s defense with 14 digs and Fletcher led the team with two blocks.

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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).

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