Beavers earn split to open play at Minot State Classic

September 01, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
Bemidji State252524253
South Dakota Mines7172681
.234Hitting Pct.-.037
128Total Attacks134
Nier - 8
Filipiak - 8
Schroeder - 8
KillsDarla Drenckhahn - 7
Leach - 18
AssistsAllie Boggs - 15
Haney - 3
Leach - 3
AcesMikkella Reese - 2
Allie Brown - 2
Leach - 14
DigsMikkella Reese - 13
Touchett - 4
BlocksEmily Newton - 3
September 01, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
Bemidji State122225271
MSU Moorhead252522293
.078Hitting Pct..141
166Total Attacks142
Ness - 11
Leach - 11
KillsJenkins - 11
Selbitschka - 11
Leach - 28
AssistsHoyt - 38
Nier - 2
AcesHoyt - 2
Leach - 16
DigsVega - 19
Reega - 3
BlocksKanwischer - 6
Jenkins - 6
Beavers earn split to open play at Minot State Classic
Friday, September 1, 2017
Beavers earn split to open play at Minot State Classic

MINOT, N.D. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team opened the 2017 season by splitting the first day at the Minot State Classic, Friday night. The Beavers (1-1, 0-0 NSIC) began the day by defeating South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, 3-1, in game one followed by falling to Minnesota State University, Moorhead, 3-1.

"I thought we had a really optimistic day," said head coach Kevin Ulmer. "In the first game we hit the ball really well and our hitting efficiency was where it needed to be. In game two I really liked how we responded from down two sets, Sami and Mikhaila played really well for us but we kind of lost focus there at the end. Overall I thought it was a good day for us."

Bemidji State 3, SD Mines and Tech 1

It was a great start to the 2017 season for the Beavers by starting the first set against the Hardrockers on a 6-0 run. South Dakota School of Mines and Tech would get the next point but there was no stopping the Beavers as they went on to score seven of the next eight points to extend their lead to 13-2. After a Hardrocker timeout, SDSMT would go on to score three-straight points but the Beavers responded when freshman Becky Schroeder ended the run with a hard kill. BSU never looked back from then ending the game by scoring 12 of 13 points for the 25-7 win in set one.

Bemidji State carried its momentum from the first set into set number two with a 5-0 run to start the set once again. However, this time the Hardrockers bounced back and evened the score at 6-6 just minutes later. The Beavers and Hardrockers would go toe-to-toe battling to pull away from one another. Down a point at 11-12, BSU gained its second-wind and scored the next seven points to pull away from SDSMT at 18-12. The Hardrockers would pull with four at 18-14 but that’s as close as they would come and BSU earned the set two win, 25-17.

The third set played out to be more of a back-and-forth battle between the Beaves and Hardrockers with seven ties and two lead changes. Bemidji State lost its first lead of the match at 3-2 and saw its largest deficit halfway through the third set when SDSMT extended its lead to 16-12. However, the Beavers would climb back into the set and pull within one at 19-20 and even tie the Hardrockers at 24-24 but two-straight points from SDSMT pushed the match to a fourth set after BSU fell 24-26.

It looked as the fourth set would resemble the third as teams traded points to start the set however, with a 6-4 lead, the Beavers fired off 14-straight points to take a commanding 20-4 lead over the Hardrockers. The lead would be too much for SDSMT to overcome and after winning five of the final nine points, Bemidji State earned the 25-8 set win and their first win of the 2017 season.

The Beavers’ attack was efficient in the win hitting .234 as team including a team-high .350 by freshman Taylor Nier. Nier totaled eight kills in her first career match as well as junior-transfer Maddie Filipiak and Schroeder who all tallied eight as well. NSIC Preseason Player to Watch Julie Touchett led the team with a match-high four blocks and added six kills and five digs. Junior-transfer Sami Leach led the Beavers’ defense with 14 digs as well as leading with 18 assists.

Bemidji State 1, MSU-Moorhead 3

The second match of the day was a different story for the Beavers as BSU had a tough time keeping up with the Dragons from Minnesota State, Moorhead. MSU-Moorhead jumped to an early 1-0 lead over BSU after going on a 10-4 run to start the first set. The early deficit was too much for the Beavers as the Dragons took set one 25-12.

Set two would be a much closer battle between the two teams with neither team gaining more than a three-point lead during the set. Bemidji State led early 9-6 but the Dragons rallied back and eventually retook the lead at 13-14. BSU answered back with kills from Leach, Touchett and Nier to retake an 18-15 lead but MSU-Moorhead answered again by scoring five of the next seven points to tie the game at 20. The Dragons used their momentum to finish off the Beavers and take set two, 25-22.

Set three started in favor of the Dragons once again with MSU-Moorhead starting the set on a 9-4 run. The Beavers would stick with the Dragons however, never trailing by more than five and after a 6-1 run in the middle of the set, BSU tied the game at 18. The score would eventually make its way to 20-20 when the Beavers began another run this time scoring the next four points to earn set point at 24-20. MSU-Moorhead made it 24-22 before Touchett and Leach blocked the game winning point for the 25-22 win.

Bemidji State carried its momentum into the fourth set and started off by outscoring the Dragons 10-6 in the early portion of the set. The Beavers never faltered and even held a 21-15 lead with just four points remaining. However, the Dragons found new energy and scored eight of the next 10 points to tie the game at 23-23. Each team went back-and-forth trading points until the score remained tied at 27, but two consecutive points by MSU-Moorhead sealed the Beavers fate to close out the fourth and final set, 29-27.

The Beavers attack was less efficient in game two only attacking at a .078 percentage as a team. Leach led by Beavers by tallying a rare triple-double with 11 kills, 28 assists and 16 digs, all three a team-high for BSU. Junior transfer Mikhaila Ness added 11 kills herself while also attacking at a .310 percentage.

The Beavers continue play at the Minot State Classic tomorrow by facing Montana State University-Billings and Minot State University for the final two matches. The Beavers face-off with the Yellowjackets at 1 p.m. followed by the Beavers at 5 p.m.

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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).