BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team hosts two of the toughest opponents this weekend in Minnesota State University, Mankato and No. 1 Concordia University-St. Paul. The Golden Bears enter the weekend as the No. 1 ranked team according to the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association while the Mavericks received votes in the poll.
vs. the Mavericks: The Beavers and Mavericks series dates back to 1971 with Minnesota State leading the series record, 35-19. In the BSU Gymnasium, BSU is 3-7 all-time against MSU. Bemidji State and Minnesota State’s most recent meeting came last season where the Beavers defeated the Mavericks, 3-2, on Halloween at home. With the win, the Beavers snapped a 15 game losing streak to the Mavericks.the
vs. Golden Bears: Bemidji State and Concordia-St. Paul have faced off with each other since 1972 with the Golden Bears owning the series record, 26-9-1. The Beavers are 2-11 at home against the Golden Bears and in their last meeting, CSP defeated BSU, 3-0, on Oct. 30, 2015. Concordia-St. Paul is currently on a 27-match winning streak against Bemidji State, the longest of the series.
Bemidji State: Bemidji State begins the weekend’s action after falling to University of Minnesota, Crookston earlier during the week. The Beavers hold a 5-6 (1-2 NSIC) record and are tied for eighth in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference standings.
The Beavers have the 15th ranked attack in the NSIC in terms of kills per set (11.26) and have a hitting percentage of .211 percentage for 10th in the league. The Beavers’ defense holds its opponents to just 11.14 k/s (6th) and averages 1.81 blocks per set (11th). Bemidji State is one of the top serving teams in the conference and averages 1.76 aces per set (2nd).
Minnesota State: The Mavericks travel to Bemidji, Minn., after hosting No. 1 Concordia- St. Paul, Tuesday. The Mavericks fell to the Golden Bears in four sets and are now 7-4 (1-2 NSIC) on the season. Minnesota State is currently tied for eighth in the NSIC standings.
MSU ranks in the top 10 in kills and hitting efficiency. The Mavericks average 13.14 k/s ranking eighth and attack at a .232 percentage, also ranking eighth in the league. Minnesota State’s defense also ranks in the top 10 in the conference by holding opponents to 11.50 k/s (9th) and just a .168 hitting percentage (5th). The Mavericks also average 1.85 b/s, 10th best in the NSIC. MSU is the worst serving team in the conference and average just 1.14 aces per set.
Concordia-St. Paul: The Golden Bears enter the weekend as the top ranked team in the nation and are on a 11-match winning streak to start the season. Concordia-St. Paul (11-0, 3-0 NSIC) are tied for the top spot in the NSIC standings and last played Tuesday where they defeated Minnesota State, 3-1.
Concordia-St. Paul is the top attacking team in the NSIC and lead the league in k/s (15.90) and hitting percentage (.343). The Golden Bears’ defense is also one of the best in the conference and ranks fourth by only allowing their opponents 10.45 k/s and hold them to a .138 hitting percentage. CSP is also one of the top blocking teams and average 2.24 b/s (2nd).
Beavers fall to Golden Eagles
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.
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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).