|September 13, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
Leach - 6
Cronin - 1
Auer - 1
Filipiak - 2
Reega - 2
BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team fell to No. 7 University of Minnesota Duluth, 3-0, Saturday afternoon after opening play at home. The Beavers (3-7, 0-2 NSIC) fall to 0-2 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play while the Bulldogs (9-1, 2-0 NSIC) remain undefeated in conference play.
“The first set we came out and played tough,” said head coach Kevin Ulmer. “I just thought we lost focus later and you can’t let a team that’s ranked seventh in the nation able to take advantage like that.”
The Beavers battled the seventh-ranked Bulldogs tough in the first set and were tied 9-9 midway through the set, but UMD rallied to score 11 of the next 16 points to take a 20-13 lead. The Beavers clawed their way back to make the game 21-19 in thanks to blocks by Julie Touchett and Sami Leach, but Minnesota Duluth scored the next four points to end the set, 25-19.
Minnesota Duluth was much more efficient in the next set and jumped out to an early 12-4 lead over the Beavers. BSU was able to pull within three of the Bulldogs after a seven-point rally made the score 14-11, but UMD responded by scoring six of the next seven. The Bulldogs eventually won the second set, 25-15 over the Beavers.
The third set was much like the last in that Minnesota Duluth attacked the ball with great efficiency and BSU couldn’t respond. It showed on the scoreboard after BSU fell down 15-5 in the set’s first 20 points. The Beavers struggled to adjusting to the Bulldogs attack and fell in the third and final set, 25-10.
BSU opened the game hitting .250 in the first set but just .000 and -.069 in the second and third sets derailed the Beavers attempt at upsetting the No. 7 ranked Bulldogs.
BSU finished the game with a .066 hitting efficiency as a team while UMD hit .365 and out-hit the Beavers 45 kills to 24. The Beavers were led by juniors Maddied Filipiak and Sami Leach who each tallied six kills while Jessica Reega added five. Hope Splinter and Emma Hallmann led the team defensively by tallying 11 and 10 kills, respectively.
The Beavers will be back in action Tuesday, Sept. 19 by facing University of Minnesota Crookston at 6 p.m. before hosting Southwest Minnesota State University and University of Sioux Falls Sept. 22 and 23.
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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).