Beavers gear-up for Keweenaw Classic at Michigan Tech

Beavers gear-up for Keweenaw Classic at Michigan Tech
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Beavers gear-up for Keweenaw Classic at Michigan Tech

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team travels to Houghton, Mich., for its final non-conference tournament of the season to participate in the Keweenaw Classic hosted by Michigan Tech University.

The Beavers open the four-match tournament by facing host school Michigan Tech and University of Wisconsin-Parkside Friday, Sept. 8. BSU then closes out the final day, Saturday, with matches against Lake Superior State University and Northern Michigan University.

Series History

Michigan Tech: The Beavers will see the Huskies for the first time since 2014 this weekend and for the eighth time in the series’ history. Michigan Tech owns the all-time series with a 1-6 record and won their last meeting in 2014, 3-1. The Huskies are on a three-match winning streak against the Beavers and Friday’s meeting will be the first time BSU has faced MTU under the Kevin Ulmer era.

Wisconsin-Parkside: Friday’s meeting between the Beavers and Rangers will be the seventh meeting between the two teams and first since 2014. Bemidji State holds the all-time record at 4-2 but fell in the last meeting, 3-2. Head coach Kevin Ulmer will see the Rangers for the first time in his career.

Lake Superior State: Saturday will tip-off with the 11th meeting between the Beavers and Lakers in their series history. The all-time record stands tied at 5-5 but the Beavers have won the last two meetings including the last match in 2014. Ulmer will also see the Lakers for the first time since joining the Beaver volleyball program.

Northern Michigan: The final match of the Keweenaw Classic will be the 11th meeting in series history between the Beavers and Wildcats. Northern Michigan owns the series record and is 9-1 all-time against BSU. The Wildcats won the last meeting in 2014, 3-1. Ulmer will see the Wildcats for the first time as well.

The Teams     

Michigan Tech: The Huskies continue their season after opening the 2017 season last weekend at the Hillsdale Tournament. Michigan Tech went 2-2 in the tournament by defeating University of Indianapolis and Glenville State University but fell to Hillsdale College and University of Findlay. Sophomore MacAulay Peterson led the Huskies by averaging 3.31 kills per set while freshman Olivia Ghormley added 2.56 kills per set. Senior Elle Heinonen led Michigan Tech defensively with 4.31 digs per set while senior Lauren Emmert led the team with 1.00 blocks per set. Sixth-year head coach Matt Jennings and the Huskies were picked to finish sixth in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Wisconsin-Parkside: The Rangers begin the Keweenaw Classic after opening the season last weekend at Wayne State College (Mich.) for their tournament. Wisconsin-Parkside went 1-3 during the tournament by defeating Ohio Dominican University but fell to Minnesota State University, Mankato, Gannon University and Wayne State (Mich.).

Lake Superior State: The Lakers return to action after going 1-1, Sept. 1, to start the season. LSSU defeated Trinity International University in the first game of the season but fell to St. Xavier University later in the day. Sophomore Amanda Reid led the team by averaging 3.00 kills per set and senior Jen Marren followed at 2.40 kills per set. The Lakers are led defensively by junior Paige Gotham who tallied 5.43 digs per set and Caitlyn Kane who averaged 1.00 blocks per set.

Northern Michigan: The Wildcats had a successful opening to the 2017 season by going 3-1 at the Ferris State Invitational last weekend. Northern Michigan opened with wins against Northwest Missouri State University, Quincy University and Missouri Western State University but fell to Upper Iowa University. Senior Kayla Chosa led the Wildcats attack with 2.94 kills per set while freshman Leticia Antunes followed with 2.50 kills per set. Junior Rachael Braunschweig led NMU’s defense with 4.19 digs per set while Chosa added 1.06 blocks per set.

Junior-Transfer Impact

The Bemidji State volleyball program saw an immediate impact from three of its junior-transfers this past weekend at the Minot State Classic. Juniors Sami Leach, Mikhaila Ness and Maddie Filipiak were key parts of the Beavers attack that out-hit its opponents by 2.30 kills per set and eight percent. Bethel College (Ind.) transfer Leach had the most impact and led the team in assists per set (6.87) and digs per set (3.13). Dakota County Technical College transfer Mikhaila Ness led the Beavers in kills over the weekend by averaging 2.42 kills per set and also attacked at a .247 clip. Rainy River College Community College transfer Maddie Filipiak finished fourth on the team at 1.73 kills per set but led the team with seven blocks over four matches.

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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).

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