Beavers close out 2016 at Minnesota State and No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul

Beavers close out 2016 at Minnesota State and No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Beavers close out 2016 at Minnesota State and No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University volleyball wraps up the 2016 season on the road this weekend by traveling to Minnesota State University, Mankato and No. 1 Concordia University-St. Paul. The Beavers (7-20, 3-15 NSIC) begin the weekend with a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference matchup against the Mavericks (14-12, 8-10 NSIC) Friday, Nov. 11 followed by the final match of the regular season against the Golden Bears (24-2, 16-2 NSIC) Saturday, Nov. 12.

The Series

the Mavericks: The Beavers and Mavericks series dates back to 1971 with Minnesota State leading the series record, 36-19. In Mankato, Minn., the Beavers are 3-17 all-time against the Mavericks. Bemidji State and Minnesota State’s met most recently this season on Sep. 23, where the Mavericks defeated the Beavers, 3-0 in Bemidji.

the Golden Bears: Bemidji State and Concordia-St. Paul have faced off with each other since 1972 with the Golden Bears owning the series record, 27-9-1. The Beavers are 3-15 on the road against the Golden Bears and in their last meeting, CSP defeated BSU, 3-0 earlier this year. Concordia-St. Paul is currently on a 28-match winning streak against Bemidji State, the longest of the series.

The Teams

Bemidji State: The Beavers begin the last weekend for the 2016 season tied for 14th in the NSIC standings and have lost seven matches in a row. The Beavers closed out their home schedule by hosting No. 6 Winona State University and Upper Iowa University. Bemidji State fell in both matches but played well and took Upper Iowa to five sets.

The Beavers are tenth in the NSIC in hitting percentage (.205) but are just 14th in the league in kills per sets (11.40). BSU is ninth in the league in blocks (1.88) but are 13th and 14th in opponent kills (13.21) 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 each have set career highs in kills. Yost recently broke the program’s career kills record with her 1,301 kill and now has 1,358 on her career. She leads the team with a career-high 383 kills this season and moved up to fourth in the NSIC with a 3.83 kills per set average. Tronick follows Yost with 343 kills this season, a new career-best and is eighth in the conference with a 3.43 kills per set average.

Yost can become just the third student-athlete in program history to ever record 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs at BSU this week. The Bemidji, Minn., native needs only two digs for 1,000. 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.      

Minnesota State: The Mavericks return home to host the Beavers after spending last weekend on the road with St. Cloud State University and University of Minnesota Duluth. The Mavericks split the weekend by defeating the Huskies, 3-1, but fell to the second ranked Bulldogs, 3-1. Minnesota State enters the final weekend one game out of the NSIC Playoffs and ninth in the NSIC Standings with a 8-10 league record.

The Mavericks are ninth in the NSIC in hitting percentage (.209) and ninth in kills per set (12.63). Minnesota State’s defense is eighth in the league in blocks (1.97) and are tenth in opponent kills (12.34) and ninth in opponent hitting percentage (.207). The Mavericks are led by Krista Hassing on offense who ranks sixth in the NSIC by averaging 3.61 kills per set. Autumn Risch is the primary setter for the Mavericks and is seventh in the conference with 10.49 assists per set. Hassing is also the Mavericks’ top blocker and is 10th in the league by averaging 0.92 blocks per set.

Concordia-St. Paul: The Golden Bears enter the final week of the regular season ranked No. 1 in latest American Volleyball Coaches’ Association poll. Concordia-St. Paul is the top-ranked team in the NSIC and is currently on an eight-match winning streak and defeated No.2 Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State last weekend.

The Golden Bears have one of the highest rated offenses in the conference and are first in hitting efficiency (.325) and second in kills (14.80). Concordia-St. Paul is sixth in blocks (2.13) but limit opponents to just a .142 hitting efficiency (2nd) and just 10.51 kills per set (1st). The Golden Bears’ attack is led by Anna Schlaak who is tenth in the league with a 3.31 kills per set average. However, CU has two of the most efficient hitter in the NSIC in Sara Macek and Riley Hanson. Macek leads the conference with a .471 hitting percentage while Hanson follows in second at .433. Kasey Williams coordinates the Golden Bears’ attack and is second in the conference with 12.17 assists 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 998 career digs entering the weekend and needs only two 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).

Yost Nears 400 Kills

Jessica Yost is having a career season for the record books her senior year. The Bemidji native has tallied a career-high 384 kills this season and is close to reaching 400 kills in one season. Only six members of the volleyball program have tallied more than 400 kills in one season since 1980 and the last to do so was Peggy Hammel-Moran in the 1999 season.

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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).