BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team returns home from a three-week road trip to host Minot State University and University of Mary for homecoming. The Beavers (5-13, 1-8 NSIC) will look to snap a nine-match losing streak against Minot State (5-13, 0-9 NSIC) Friday at Bemidji High School followed by the homecoming match against the Marauders (8-10, 3-6 NSIC) Saturday.
vs. the Beavers: The Beavers and Minot State series dates back to 2011 with Bemidji State leading the series record, 4-3. In Bemidji, Minn., BSU is 1-2 all-time against Minot State. Bemidji State and Minot State’s most recent meeting came last season when BSU defeated MSU, 3-0, Nov. 14.
vs. the Marauders: Bemidji State and U-Mary have faced off against each other since 1987 with the Beavers leading the series record, 12-11. The Beavers are 5-3 at home against the Marauders and in their last meeting, U-Mary defeated BSU, 3-0, on Nov. 15, 2015. U-Mary is currently on a two-match winning streak against BSU.
Bemidji State: The Beavers enter homecoming weekend 15th in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference standings and having lost nine matches in a row. The Beavers return home from a three-week road trip having spent the previous weekend against Minnesota State University, Moorhead and No. 14 Northern State University. The Beavers lost in five sets to the Dragons and fell in three sets to the Wolves.
The Beavers are 10th in the NSIC in hitting percentage (.196) but are 15th in the league in kills per sets (10.92). BSU is 11th in the league in blocks (1.77) but are 13th and 16th in the conference in opponent kills (12.59) and hitting percentage (.232), respectively.
Bemidji State is led by a pair of seniors in Jessica Yost and Amanda Tronick. Yost leads the team by averaging 3.75 kills, fifth best in the NSIC, while Tronick averages 3.30 kills for ninth in the league. Sophomore Heather Fletcher leads the Beavers’ defense at the net and is seventh in the conference in blocks (0.98).
Minot State: The Beavers travel to Bemidji, Minn., searching for their first win in conference play and are 5-13 overall (0-9 NSIC). Minot State hosted St. Cloud State University and No. 1 University of Minnesota Duluth last weekend, and fell in both matches.
Minot State is last in the conference in hitting percentage (.126) and kills (9.78) but the Beavers’ defense holds opponents to just 10.88 kills, fourth best in the league. Freshman Emily Falldorf leads the team with 138 kills while Nicole Wandrasek leads the team with a .278 hitting percentage.
U-Mary: The Marauders enter the weekend’s action tied for ninth in the NSIC standings with a 3-6 record and are 8-10 overall. U-Mary went 1-1 last weekend after falling to No. 1 UMD but defeated SCSU.
The Marauders are 12th in the league in hitting percentage (.183) and eighth in kills (13.02). However, U-Mary is last in the NSIC in blocks (1.28) and allow opponents to hit .226 (14th) and average 11.91 kills (10th).
U-Mary is led on offense by Lauren Randall who averages 4.78 kills, second best in the NSIC. Rachel Astrup leads the team by hitting .307 while Elizabeth Garcia leads the team with 37 blocks.
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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).