|September 23, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
Hamstad - 2
BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team rallied late against University of Sioux Falls but fell to the Cougars, 3-1 (11-25, 25-20, 14-25, 20-25), on homecoming Saturday afternoon in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action.
The Beavers (3-10, 0-5 NSIC) tallied 16 team blocks, the most since 2000, but were out-hit in kills the match 52-25 to remain winless in NSIC play. Sophomore Julie Touchett led the Beavers by tallying a career-best eight blocks including three solo, surpassing her previous career mark of five. Touchett’s total is the most since Rachel Craig also recorded eight in 2014.
“I feel like we have always blocked well against Sioux Falls,” said head coach Kevin Ulmer. “Their defensive back-court played exceptionally well for them. We just couldn’t execute offensively tonight and we’re still waiting for our two sides of the court to click together. This conference is so tough so we need to be able to come in andcompete and be ready against every opponent in the league.”
The first set belonged to Sioux Falls as they dominated play from start to finish. BSU could only tally 11 points in the set with the Cougars sealing the set on a 10-0 scoring run for the 25-11 victory. The Beavers struggled offensively during the set totaling just four kills on 31 attacks.
Set two would be a completely different story in that the Beavers would start the scoring early on. BSU started the set going on a 5-0 scoring run with two aces from Touchett and went on to extend their lead to 10-3. The Cougars climbed back into it and pulled within four at 13-9 but BSU responded by firing off for eight of the next 12 points to extend the lead to 21-13. The Beavers then finished the set by scoring four of 11 points to win set two, 25-20.
The Cougars came out of the locker room a much different team than in the second set, playing more like they had in set one. USF opened the scoring by going on a 13-4 scoring run. The Beavers couldn’t rally back from the early set and eventually fell 25-14 in set three.
The Beavers were much more competitive in the fourth set never allowing the Cougars to gain more than a five-point advantage. Unfortunately, the largest lead would come at the end of the set at 25-20. BSU held a tie score with USF at 14-14 but the Cougars scored the next three points to go up 17-14. The Beavers pulled back within two at 20-22 from a block by Maddie Filipiak but three-consecutive kills by the Cougars ended the set and match, 20-25.
The Beavers hit just .008 as a team during the match and were led by Sami Leach who tallied seven kills but made up the lack of offense with one of their best defensive performances of the season. A total of six Beavers recorded at least one block in the match including five from junior Jessica Reega, four from Filipiak and three from Leach.
Bemidji State, still eyeing its first conference victory, will take to the road next weekend by facing a pair of ranked opponents in No. 12 Augustana University (SD) and No. 18 Wayne State College (Neb.).
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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).