BSU Volleyball wraps-up Keweenaw Classic with split against LSSU and NMU

September 09, 20171st2nd3rd4th5thFinal
Bemidji State25212517173
Lake Superior State23251925152
.173Hitting Pct..203
173Total Attacks177
Averkamp - 17
KillsBrooke Williams - 18
Leach - 30
AssistsMadison Castle - 23
Hallmann - 2
AcesLauren Lukasik - 2
Madison Castle - 2
Splinter - 24
DigsPaige Gotham - 30
Touchett - 5
BlocksKarlee Weissend - 6
September 09, 20171st2nd3rdFinal
Bemidji State169150
Northern Michigan2525253
.000Hitting Pct..338
76Total Attacks71
Nier - 5
Averkamp - 5
Leach - 5
KillsChosa - 11
Leach - 9
AssistsHogeboom - 24
Haney - 1
Hallmann - 1
AcesMonsma - 5
Splinter - 6
Hallmann - 6
DigsBraunschweig - 7
Filipiak - 3
BlocksWhitehead - 7
BSU Volleyball wraps-up Keweenaw Classic with split against LSSU and NMU
Saturday, September 9, 2017
BSU Volleyball wraps-up Keweenaw Classic with split against LSSU and NMU

HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team concluded play at the Keweenaw Classic on the campus of Michigan Tech University by splitting its matches with Lake Superior State University and Northern Michigan University, September 9.

BSU began the day by defeating the Lakers in a thrilling five-set match, 3-2 but fell to a tough Northern Michigan team, 3-0.

“The first match wasn’t pretty for us but we got the job done,” said head coach Kevin Ulmer. “We have a lot to learn as a team yet but overall I’m happy with what we learned this weekend. We played a lot of tough teams this weekend that will prepare us for conference play.”

Bemidji State 3, Lake Superior State 2

Bemidji State started slow in the first set of the day falling behind Lake Superior State 6-1 in the first six points. However, the Beavers responded by firing off for five-consecutive points to tie the game at six. Neither team would gain more than a three-point advantage throughout the remainder of the set. Late in the set the Beavers found themselves down 19-21, but four-straight kills from sophomore Julie Touchett pulled the Beavers ahead, 23-22. A kill by LSSU evened the score but a service error and another kill from Touchett gave BSU the 25-23 win in the opening set.

The second set went back-and-forth for most of the set and at the halfway point, BSU held a 13-11 lead. However, the Lakers rallied for six-consecutive points to retake the lead at 17-13. The four-point deficit would eventually increase to seven at 15-22 and prove too much to overcome when LSSU won set two, 25-21.

The Beavers got back on track in the third set and took the commanding 2-1 lead over the Lakers with the 25-19 victory. It wasn’t until freshman Taylor Nier made it 6-5 did the Beavers take their first lead in the set, but BSU never looked back holding that lead for the entire set. BSU once held a seven-point lead at 23-16, and kills from Touchett and junior Sami Leach closed capped off the 25-19 win.

Set four would be all Lake Superior State. The Lakers jumped to an early 7-3 lead over the Beavers, a deficit BSU would be unable to overcome. BSU couldn’t find its stride during the set and never pulled within more than two of LSSU and fell in the fourth set, 25-17 to head to a decisive fifth set.

The fifth set followed the previous sets in that both teams traded points back-and-forth and it wasn’t until late that a winner would be determined. The Beavers held a 12-10 lead over the Lakers with just three points remaining but back-to-back points by LSSU evened the score. The score would eventually push to 15-15 but it would be the Beavers who would score back-to-back points after kills from junior Maddie Filipiak and freshman Anna Averkamp to seal the 17-15 victory.

The Beavers saw season-high performances from three newcomers in Averkamp, Leach and freshman Hope Splinter. Averkamp tallied a team-leading 17 kills to set the pace offensively while Leach added 12 kills and 30 assists for her best performance this season. Playing in just her third match of the season, Splinter paced the Beavers’ defense with 24 digs. Fellow freshman Becka Cronin also factored in the Beavers’ back-court and added 18 digs.

Touchett finished the match with 15 kills and hit a match-best .345 as well as tying a career-high of five blocks.

Bemidji State 0, Northern Michigan 3

The second and final match of the day was a rough outing for the Beavers after failing to win a set against Northern Michigan. The Beavers fell in three sets, 25-16, 25-9 and 25-15, and failed to produce a positive attacking efficiency for the first time this season.

Credit the Wildcats’ defense because they protected the net exceptionally well, totaling 14 blocks and earned 25 digs as a team. NMU also fired on all cylinders offensively out-killing the Beavers 34-23 and hit at a .338 efficiency.

BSU’s leading point producer was freshman Taylor Nier who contributed six points off of five kills and two block assists. Freshman Anna Averkamp and junior Sami Leach each tallied five kills as well while junior Maddie Filipiak led the Beaver defense with three blocks.

Bemidji State concluded non-conference action at the Keweenaw Classic and begins Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Thursday, September 14 at St. Cloud State University. The Beavers follow the road match with the Huskies by hosting their first match of the season Saturday, Sept. 16 against University of Minnesota Duluth.

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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).