BSU Volleyball falls to No. 1 Southwest Minnesota State

September 22, 20171st2nd3rdFinal
SW Minnesota State2525253
Bemidji State138220
.450Hitting Pct..039
80Total Attacks77
Reiss - 11
KillsLeach - 6
Larson - 32
AssistsLeach - 14
Larson - 2
Hjerleid - 2
AcesReega - 1
Cronin - 1
Nier - 1
Potter - 7
DigsHallmann - 9
Burmeister - 1
BlocksFilipiak - 2
BSU Volleyball falls to No. 1 Southwest Minnesota State
Friday, September 22, 2017
BSU Volleyball falls to No. 1 Southwest Minnesota State

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team fell to No. 1 Southwest Minnesota State University, 3-0 (13-25, 8-25, 22-25), Friday night to begin homecoming weekend. The Beavers (3-9, 0-4 NSIC) look to rebound tomorrow by hosting University of Sioux Falls for their homecoming match at 4 p.m.

The Beavers hit just .039 on the attack and had 21 attack errors while the Mustangs hit .450 as a team and totaled just nine errors on the attack to earn the 3-0 victory. BSU was led by junior Sami Leach who tallied six kills while Julie Touchett added five and Anna Averkamp followed with four.

Bemidji State matched up well with the Mustangs early in set one holding a 3-3 tie early on, but the Mustangs rallied for four straight points to retake the lead. The Beavers would never regain the lead during the set as SMSU went on two scoring runs of five points to finish the set, 25-13.

SMSU carried that momentum into the second set firing off for eight of the first nine points of the set. The Beavers were never able to recover from the early lead scoring just eight points in the set.

Bemidji State came out of the locker room with new life and it showed during the third set. The Beavers traded points with the Mustangs and after kills from Leach and junior Mikhaila Ness, took a two-point lead. The Mustangs would eventual tie the game at 11-11 but BSU didn’t quit and late in the set, the score was tied at 22. However, two attack errors by the Beavers and a kill from SMSU ended the set and match at 25-22.

The Beavers continue to look for their first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference victory of the season tomorrow when they host the Cougars of USF at 4 p.m., in part of homecoming.

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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).