|September 20, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
Green - 1
Green - 1
Fletcher - 3
BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team fell to University of Minnesota Crookston, 3-0 (25-20, 28-26, 25-13), Tuesday at the BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers now fall to 5-6 (1-2 NSIC) while the Golden Eagles improve to 5-6 (1-2 NSIC).
The Beavers were led by Amanda Tronick who tallied 12 kills in the match while Jessica Yost added nine. Freshman Shelby Haney led the team with 31 assists and freshman Kelli Auer led the defense with 11 digs.
“I think starting off a little slow was our downfall tonight,” said head coach Kevin Ulmer. “There were a lot of rhythm issues and timing issues and it was just one of those games where you have to try and look back and see how you prepare and practice during the week.”
The first set started with the Beavers taking an early 2-1 lead but the Golden Eagles found their stride and eventually went up 11-7 halfway through the set. BSU couldn’t manage rally and UMC took the early 1-0 lead after the 25-20 win.
The second set would be much more competitive with neither team able to take more than a three-point lead throughout the set. The Golden Eagles held a 20-17 advantage over the Beavers late in the set but BSU was able to rally back and even the set at 24 before UMC could get the match point. Both teams would be tied at 26 after trading points but two kills by the Golden Eagles sealed the 28-16 win over the Beavers.
Minnesota Crookston took the momentum from set two into set three and jumped to an 8-1 lead over Bemidji State. The Beavers could never recover from the early surge and the Golden Eagles took the third and final set, 25-13.
Bemidji State will host two of the top teams in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference in Minnesota State University, Mankato and Concordia University-St. Paul Friday and Saturday, respectively. The Beavers begin the weekend by hosting the Mavericks, who received votes in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, at 7 p.m. followed by the No. 1 Golden Bears at 4 p.m., Saturday.
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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).