|September 23, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
Tronick - 13
Olson - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team fell to Minnesota State University, Mankato in three sets (14-25, 16-25, 25-27), Friday night. With the loss, the Beavers fall to 5-7 on the season and 1-3 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play while the Mavericks improve to 8-4 (2-2 NSIC).
“’I’m really proud of their effort today compared to Tuesday,” said head coach Kevin Ulmer. “I thought we competed hard and had sets we could’ve won and that was all because of our effort level.”
Bemidji State was led by senior Amanda Tronick who tallied 16 kills and also hit .394 during the match. Tronick also helped guide the Beavers defense with 13 digs and three blocks. Junior Jordyn Koehn led the Beavers with 14 assists while freshman Shelby Haney added 12.
Minnesota State started the match strong in the first set and jumped to an early 7-3 lead. The Beavers were able to pull within three at 9-6 after kills by Tronick. However, the Mavericks would star to run away and took an eight-point lead at 18-10. MSU would never look back took set one, 25-14.
Set two would be similar to the first in that Minnesota State jumped to an early 7-3 lead. The only difference in the set would be MSU started its run earlier and led 12-3 halfway through the set. Bemidji State would climb back into it and make 16-10 but could never get closer as MSU took set two, 25-16.
The third started with the Mavericks scoring the set’s first three points but BSU would answer back by going on a 6-3 run to even the score, 6-6. Bemidji State held its largest lead of the match at 15-11 later on in the set but the Mavericks bounced back to even the score, 16-16. Each team traded points throughout the rest of the set and with two points remaining, the score remained tied, 25-25. The Mavericks would get a kill to make it 26-25 and ended the match after an ace made it 27-25.
BSU will have its toughest opponent of the season tomorrow by hosting No. 1 Concordia University-St. Paul 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).