BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team closes out the home portion of its 2016 schedule this weekend by hosting No. 6 Winona State University and Upper Iowa University. The Beavers (7-18, 3-13 NSIC) will honor their three seniors Friday, Nov. 4 in part of senior night against WSU, followed by parent’s day Saturday, Nov. 5 against UIU.
the Warriors: Bemidji State and Winona State’s series dates back to 1970 with the Warriors holding the all-time series record, 50-44. The Warriors are currently on a 14-match winning streak against the Beavers with BSU’s last win on Sept. 21, 2007. Bemidji State and Winona State met earlier this season in Winona, Minn., with the Warriors defeating the Beavers in three sets.
the Peacocks: The Beavers and Peacocks series started in 2004 and Bemidji State leads the all-time series record, 13-8. The Beavers have lost two in a row to the Peacocks, including their last meeting earlier this season in Fayette, Iowa. BSU fell to UIU in three sets, Oct. 1. The Beavers’ last win against the Peacocks was Nov. 15, 2013.
Bemidji State: The Beavers begin the weekend’s action tied for 14th in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference standings and have lost five matches in a row. The Beavers spent last week in Bemidji by hosting No. 7 Augustana University and No. 8 Wayne State College. Bemidji State fell in both matches but played well against the ranked opponents and took one set against the Vikings and two sets against the Wildcats. Friday’s match with the Warriors will mark the third straight match against an opponent ranked in the top 10 in the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association poll.
The Beavers are tenth in the NSIC in hitting percentage (.204) but are just 14th in the league in kills per sets (11.35). BSU is eighth in the league in blocks (1.83) but are 13th and 15th in opponent kills (13.11) and hitting percentage (.245), respectively. The Beavers are led by senior outside hitters Jessica Yost and Amanda Tronick. Yost and Tronick are each having career seasons and are on pace to set career highs in kills. Yost recently broke the program’s career kills record with her 1,301 kill last weekend. She leads the team with a career-high 348 kills this season and is fifth in the NSIC by averaging 3.78 kills per set. Tronick is second on the team with a career high 311 kills and moved up to ninth in the league in k/s (3.38).
Yost has the opportunity to become one of just two players to ever record 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs at BSU. The Bemidji, Minn., native needs just 33 digs for 1,000 and can become just the third person at BSU to reach 1,000 career kills and digs. Peggy Hammel-Moran was the last Beaver to achieve this during the 1999 season while Diane Glampe was the first in program history to do so in the 1989 season. Hammel-Moran was a three-time All-NSIC Team member while Glampe earned All-NSIC in 1989.
Winona State: The Warriors travel to Bemidji, Minn., as the sixth ranked team in the AVCA national poll. The Warriors boast a 22-3 (13-3 NSIC) record and are tied for fourth in the NSIC standings. Winona State last hosted University of Mary and Minot State University last weekend and earned two wins in conference play. The Warriors are currently on a seven-match winning streak. The Warriors are led by Taylor Goar who is fourth in the NSIC with a 3.84 kills per set average. Leading the team in hitting percentage is Lauren Kudronowicz with a .365 average. McKenna Larsen coordinates the Warriors/ attack and ranks fourth in the league with 11.90 assists per set. Jamie Cairncross is one of the top defensive players in the conference and is third in digs per set (5.15).
Upper Iowa: The Peacocks enter the weekend ranked tenth in the NSIC standings with a 5-11 conference record. Upper Iowa hosted Minot State and U-Mary last weekend, earning two wins in conference play. The Peacocks are led by Haley Weepie who averages 2.54 kills per set while Alisha Vanderwoude follows at 2.14 per set. Malissa LeClaire leads the team in assists (5.57/s) while Ashley Larson leads the Peacocks’ defense with 4.02 digs per set.
Yost approaches 1,000 career digs
Bemidji State volleyball senior Jessica Yost can become just the third student-athlete in program history to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in her career. Yost stands at 967 career digs entering the weekend and needs 33 to reach the milestone. She reached 1,000 kills for her career earlier this season in September and recently became the program’s career kills leader. Only two other student-athletes in school history have achieved this milestone in Peggy Hammel-Moran (1996-99) and Diane Glampe (1986-89).
Beavers honor three seniors
The Bemidji State University volleyball team will honor three seniors in part of senior night against No. 6 Winona State, Friday night. Laurel Denney, Jessica Yost and Amanda Tronick will all be honored before Friday’s match.
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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).