BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team continues its Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference season this weekend by traveling to Minnesota State University, Moorhead and No. 14 Northern State University. The Beavers (5-11, 1-6 NSIC) will face the Dragons (6-9, 1-6 NSIC) at 7 p.m., Oct. 7 and then the Wolves (11-4, 4-3 NSIC) Oct. 8 at 4 p.m.
vs. Dragons: The Beavers and Mavericks series dates back to 1969 with MSU-Moorhead leading the series record, 72-56-1. At MSU-Moorhead, BSU is 6-25 all-time against the Dragons and their last win came in 2014. The Beavers’ and Dragons’ most recent meeting came last season where MSU-M defeated the BSU, 3-0, on Nov. 7.
vs. Wolves: Bemidji State and Northern State have faced off with each other since 1985 with the Wolves holding a slight lead over the Beavers 34-33. The Beavers are 7-18 on the road against NSU and in their last meeting, BSU fell in three sets in 2015. Northern State is currently on an eight-match winning streak against the Beavers.
Bemidji State: Bemidji State enters the weekend looking to snap a seven-match losing streak after falling to St. Cloud State University, Tuesday, and Winona State University and Upper Iowa University last weekend. The Beavers are currently tied for 13th in the NSIC with a 1-6 conference record.
The Beavers are ranked 15th in the league by averaging 10.71 k/s but are the 11th ranked team in hitting efficiency by attack at a .189percentage. The Beavers’ defense allows its opponents 12.34 k/s, 12th in the league but allow them to hit at .227 percentage (15th). BSU is also 11th in the NSIC in defending the net by averaging 1.76 b/s. Bemidji State is one of the top serving teams in the conference and average 1.55 aces/set, seventh best in the league.
The Beavers are led on offense by senior Jessica Yost who averages 3.70 k/s and ranks fifth in the NSIC while fellow senior Amanda Tronick follows at 3.16. Yost also leads the team in hitting efficiency by attacking at a .243 clip. Sophomore Heather Fletcher leads the team defense with 0.98 b/s, seventh best in the conference. Freshman Shelby Haney leads the team with 22 aces this season and ranks ninth in the NSIC in aces/set (0.39).
MSU-Moorhead: The Wolves return to Moorhead, Minn., after spending last weekend on the road at Southwest Minnesota State University and University of Sioux Falls. MSU-M lost both matches during the weekend by falling to SMSU, 3-0, and USF, 3-0. WSU is tied for 13th in the NSIC with a 1-6 record and are 6-9 overall.
MSU-Moorhead are 11th in the league in k/s (11.91) and 15th in efficiency (.175). The Dragons’ defense ranks eighth in b/s (1.98) and holds opponents to just a .205 hitting percentage (11th).
MSU-Moorhead is led by Carly Mosloski with 165 kills (3.06/s) while Sarah Hagler adds 126 (2.33/s). Hagler also leads the team in blocks (0.98/s) while Makayla Wenzel leads the team with 11 service aces.
Northern State: The Wolves return to Aberdeen, S.D., after spending last weekend on the road at Southwest Minnesota State University and University of Sioux Falls. NSU lost both matches during the weekend by falling to SMSU, 3-0, and USF, 3-1. WSU is tied for sixth in the NSIC with a 4-3 record and are 11-4 overall.
Northern State averages 13.31 k/s, sixth in the NSIC and attack at a .248 efficiency for fifth in the conference. The Wolves’ defense is seventh in the league by averaging 2.05 b/s and allow its opponents to attack at a .207 efficiency (12th).
Tori Blach is one of the most efficient hitters in the league attacking at a .396 clip while Holly Vancura leads the team by averaging 3.17 k/s. Blach also leads the team with 52 blocks this season while Ashley Rozell leads the team with 19 aces.
Beavers Fall to St. Cloud State
The Bemidji State University volleyball team fell to St. Cloud State University, 3-1 (22-25, 25-19, 21-25, 18-25) Tuesday night in a non-conference match hosted by Sauk Centre High School. Senior Jessica Yost led the Beavers (5-11, 1-6 NSIC) with 14 kills and tallied 11 digs for her seventh double-double of the season.
Sophomore Jessica Reega followed Yost with eight kills while senior Amanda Tronick added seven and freshman Julie Touchett totaled three. Freshman Shelby Haney led the Beavers with 31 assists and Yost and sophomore Heather Fletcher led Bemidji State’s defense with four blocks each.
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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).