BEMIDJI, Minn. – For the third time this season, the Bemidji State University volleyball team will match up against University of Minnesota, Crookston. The Beavers (7-13, 3-8 NSIC) and Golden Eagles (8-11, 4-7 NSIC) have already met twice this season with BSU winning game one and UMC winning in the last meeting. Bemidji State and Minnesota Crookston will face-off in Crookston, Minn., with game time scheduled for 6 p.m.
Golden Eagles: The Beavers are 1-1 this season against the Golden Eagles with UMC winning the latest contest, 3-0 in Bemidji, Minn. The Beavers and Golden Eagles series dates back to 1994 with Bemidji State leading the series record, 23-17.
Bemidji State: Bemidji State hopes to continue is fresh winning streak after snapping a nine-match losing streak last weekend. The Beavers defeated Minot State University for their first win in nine matches and then followed with their second-straight victory against University of Mary.
The Beavers are ninth in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference in hitting percentage (.203) but are just 14th in the league in kills per sets (11.30). BSU is now tied for 10th in the NSIC standings and are only one game behind ninth place, UMC.
Bemidji State is led by a pair of seniors in Jessica Yost and Amanda Tronick. Yost leads the team with 3.93 kills per set and jumped up to fourth in the league after averaging 5.38 this past weekend. Tronick follows by averaging 3.38 kills and is 10th in the NSIC. Freshman Shelby Haney leads the team in assists with 6.83 per set and is also seventh in the league with 0.44 aces per set. Sophomore Heather Fletcher leads the Beavers’ defense by averaging 0.97 blocks per set, seventh-best in the conference.
Minnesota Crookston: The Golden Eagles hosts Bemidji State after going 2-0 last weekend against Minot State and U-Mary.
The Golden Eagles rank 13th in the conference by hitting at a .177 percentage as a team and are 11th in the NSIC with 12.04 kills per set. UMC’s defense averages 1.47 blocks per set, ranking them 14th while the Golden Eagles are the top serving team in the NSIC and average 2.00 aces per set.
Minnesota Crookston’s attack is led by Callie Schapekam who leads the team with a .340 hitting percentage. Maggie Perrel leads the team in kills with 3.45 per set while Kassi Green averages 2.44 per set and Kelci Green follows with 2.28 per set. Kelci Green also leads the Golden Eagles defense and averages 0.66 blocks per set. Her sister Kassi Green is the top server in the NSIC and averages 0.67 aces per set.
Tronick surpasses 1,000 career kills as Beavers down U-Mary 3-1
Bemidji State University volleyball senior Amanda Tronick recorded her 1,000 career kill Saturday, to help the Beavers (7-13, 3-8 NSIC) defeat University of Mary, 3-1 in part of Homecoming weekend.
Tronick totaled 18 kills in the match but fellow senior Jessica Yost led the Beavers attack with 24, tying her second-highest total in her career. Yost, who reached the career milestone earlier this season on Sept. 2, now has 1,258 career kills, ranks fourth on BSU’s all-time list and needs just 43 kills to set BSU’ career record.
Beavers snap nine-match losing streak with 3-1 win over Minot State
The Bemidji State University volleyball team snapped a nine-match losing streak Friday night by defeating Minot State University, 3-1, in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play. The Beavers 6-13 (2-8 NSIC) were led by senior Jessica Yost who tallied 19 kills while senior Amanda Tronick followed with 14.
Bemidji State hit .269 as a team in the match and added 57 kills. Sophomore Jessica Reega led the Beavers by hitting at a .562 percentage and totaled 11 kills. Freshman Julie Touchett added seven kills in 20 attacks and Freshman Shelby Haney coordinated BSU’s attack and had 50 assists, her second-highest tally this season while also leading the team with five service aces.
Sophomore Heather Fletcher led the Beavers’ defense with six blocks (3s-3a) while Touchett and Reega each added three. Emma Hallmann led the Beavers with 13 digs while Yost tallied her 10th double-double of the season with 10 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).