Beaver volleyball splits first day at Keweenaw Classic

September 08, 20171st2nd3rdFinal
Bemidji State1614210
Michigan Tech2525253
BSUTeam StatsMTU
.054Hitting Pct..309
92Total Attacks94
Leach - 8
KillsOlivia Ghormley - 9
Leach - 13
AssistsMariel Leibovitz - 25
Hallmann - 2
AcesHalie Hart - 1
Laura DeMarchi - 1
Leach - 8
DigsElle Heinonen - 15
Touchett - 4
Filipiak - 4
BlocksRachel Ping - 2
Stephanie Dietrich - 2
Courtney Kurkie - 2
September 08, 20171st2nd3rdFinal
Bemidji State2525263
BSUTeam StatsUWP
.167Hitting Pct..109
144Total Attacks138
Cronin - 12
KillsHedman - 14
Leach - 21
AssistsAdams - 31
Hallmann - 4
AcesTurek - 2
Leo - 2
Hallmann - 17
DigsLeo - 19
Touchett - 2
Filipiak - 2
Reega - 2
BlocksTurek - 3
Beaver volleyball splits first day at Keweenaw Classic
Friday, September 8, 2017
Beaver volleyball splits first day at Keweenaw Classic

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team opened the first day at the Keweenaw Classic on the campus of Michigan Tech University by splitting two games. The Beavers (2-4, 0-0 NSIC) began by falling to Michigan Tech, 3-0, but rebounded with a 3-0 win over University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

“We need to give credit to Michigan Tech the first match,” said head coach Kevin Ulmer. “They did an incredible job attacking with efficiency and they were tough to defend. Parkside was kind of the opposite, we had some very efficient kids and served really tough which set us up on defense to make easier plays. Very excited for the 3-0 win.”

Bemidji State 0, Michigan Tech 3

The Beavers held a lead just once in the first set after going point-for-point with the Huskies to start the match. Once BSU took a 7-6 lead, Michigan Tech rallied for seven-straight points to steal a comfortable lead at 13-6. The Beavers were unable to recover from the deficit and could only pull within four points of the Huskies before falling 25-16 in set one.

Set two was much of the same story for the Beavers but a slow start by BSU allowed Michigan Tech to grab a lead early and hold it for the entire match. MTU jumped to an early 4-1 lead and BSU only pulled within two points before the Huskies ran-off for their largest lead of the match at 12-23. Michigan Tech closed out set two with the 25-15 victory and two set lead over the Beavers.

Set three played out the same as the first two sets in that Bemidji State fell down early to the Huskies. However, a late-set run by the Beavers closed the margin of deficit. Michigan Tech began the set with a 10-3 run and eventually pulled ahead 20-13. The Beavers wouldn’t quit however, and rallied to score eight of the next nine points, including three from sophomore Julie Touchett, and tie the set at 21. Just when it looked like the Beavers would complete the comeback, Michigan Tech fired-off four-straight points to win the third and final set, 25-21.

The Beavers had a tough match attacking the ball and were out-hit by the huskies 44 kills to 24 and a hitting efficiency of .305 to .054. BSU was led on offense by junior Sami Leach who tallied eight kills and hit at a .583 clip, the highest mark by a BSU player this season. Touchett followed by tallying five kills and was a key force on defense by leading the Beavers with four blocks.

Bemidji State 3, Wisconsin-Parkside 0

The Beavers and Rangers went point-for-point to start the first set with neither team falling behind by more than three points halfway through the set. It wasn’t until the Beavers made it 20-17 did they pull away from the Rangers after scoring five of the final six points to win the set, 25-18.

The second set acted much like the first only that it would be Wisconsin-Parkside who pulled away first. Halfway through the set the Beavers trailed 11-17, but nine of the next 11 points to pull within one at 19-20. BSU tied the Rangers at 22-22 and scored the final three points after sophomore Emma Hallmann tallied three-consecutive aces for the 25-22 win.

The third set would be even tighter between the two opposing teams as neither team could gain more than a four-point advantage during a set that included four different lead changes. BSU would gain the most significant advantage when a Ranger attack error made it 13-9, but the Rangers would be unfazed and score the next four-points to tie the game. Both teams jostled for the lead throughout the remainder of the set and with just two points remaining, the score was tied, 24-24. The lead would swing in favor of the Beavers after another attacking error by UW-Parkside and a kill by freshman Becka Cronin, one of her team-high 12 kills, ended the set and sealed the 3-0 victory for BSU.

Junior Jessica Reega added nine kills behind Cronin’s team-high to help the Beavers out-hit the Rangers, 41-37. The Beavers served eight aces during the match including four from Hallmann.

Bemidji State concludes play at the Keweenaw Classic tomorrow by facing Lake Superior State University and Northern Michigan University, ending the season’s non-conference action.

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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).