Beavers hit the road for matchup with No. 7 Warriors and Peacocks

Beavers hit the road for matchup with No. 7 Warriors and Peacocks
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Beavers hit the road for matchup with No. 7 Warriors and Peacocks

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team continues its Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference season this weekend by traveling to No. 7 Winona State University and Upper Iowa University. The Beavers (5-8, 1-4 NSIC) will face the Warriors (12-2, 3-2 NSIC) at 7 p.m., Sep. 30 and then the Peacocks (7-7, 1-4 NSIC) Oct. 1 at 3 p.m.

The Series

vs. Warriors: The Beavers and Mavericks series dates back to 1970 with Winona State leading the series record, 49-44. At Winona State, BSU is 17-21 all-time against WSU and their last win at McCown Gymnasium cam in 2007. The Beavers’ and Warriors’ most recent meeting came last season where WSU defeated the BSU, 3-0, on Oct. 24. Winona State currently holds a 13-match winning streak against Bemidji State with BSU last winning in 2007.

vs. Peacocks: Bemidji State and Upper Iowa have faced off with each other since 2004 with the Beavers owning the series record, 13-7. The Beavers are 4-4 on the road against the Peacocks and in their last meeting, BSU fell in four sets in 2015. Upper Iowa is 3-2 in the last five meetings between the two teams with BSU’s last win against the Peacocks came in 2013.

The Teams

Bemidji State: Bemidji State enters the weekend looking to snap a four-match losing streak after falling to Minnesota State University and Concordia University-St. Paul last weekend. The Beavers are currently tied for 12th in the NSIC with a 1-4 conference record.

The Beavers are ranked 15th in the league by averaging 10.94 k/s but are the 10th ranked team in hitting efficiency by attack at a .197 percentage. The Beavers’ defense allows its opponents 11.77 k/s, 10th in the league but allow them to hit at .217 percentage (15th). BSU is also 10th in the NSIC in defending the net by averaging 1.81 b/s. Bemidji State is one of the top serving teams in the conference and average 1.65 aces/set, fourth best in the league.

The Beavers are led on offense by senior Jessica Yost who averages 3.78 k/s and ranks fifth in the NSIC while fellow senior Amanda Tronick follows at 3.24. Sophomore Heather Fletcher leads the team in hitting efficiency by attacking at a .282 clip. Fletcher also leads the team defense with 0.97 b/s, seventh best in the conference. Freshman Shelby Haney leads the team with 22 aces this season and ranks fifth in the NSIC in aces/set (0.48).

Winona State: The Warriors return to Winona, Minn., after spending last weekend on the road at St. Cloud State University and University of Minnesota Duluth. Winona State split the weekend after defeating SCSU   3-0, but fell to No. 2 UMD, 3-1. WSU is tied for sixth in the NSIC with a 3-2 record and are 12-2 overall.

Winona State is one of the top attacking schools in the conference and are third in the league in k/s (14.46) and fifth in efficiency (.235). The Warriors’ defense is also one of the best in the league by ranking sixth in b/s (2.04) and holds opponents to just a .116 hitting percentage (2nd).

The Warriors have one of the most efficient attackers in the NSIC in Lauren Kudronowicz who ranks fourth (.411) in that category. Taylor Goar leads the team in k/s (3.86), the fourth highest in the conference.  Maria Wrage leads the team in blocks (40) and averages .091 per set.

Upper Iowa: The Peacocks enter the weekend’s action tied for 12th in the NSIC standings after splitting last weekend at UMD and SCSU. UIU fell to No. 2 Minnesota Duluth in three sets but bounced back with a 3-0 win over St. Cloud State.

The Peacocks average 11.44 k/s, 14th in the NSIC and attack at .191 efficiency for 11th in the conference. Upper Iowa’s defense is last in the league by averaging just 1.35 b/s and allow its opponents to attack at a .194 efficiency (11th).

Alisha VanderWoude leads the team by averaging 2.46 k/s and attacks at a .318 efficiency, also leading the team. VanderWoude and Bethany Lovhaug each lead the team with 27 blocks this season while Lauren Wombles averages the most b/s at 0.82.

Beavers drop two to MSU and CSP

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 fell 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).

The Beavers also lost its contest with No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul University Saturday afternoon, 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-15). BSU was led by sophomore Jessica Reega who tied for the team lead with six kills in the match and also had a team high .158 hitting percentage.

Bemidji State was led by senior Amanda Tronick who tallied 22 kills and also hit .197 during the weekend while junior Hailey Kauling and sophomore Jessica Reega led the team with five blocks.