Beavers fall short against No. 11 Northern State

October 20, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
Northern State252525253
Bemidji State201627101
NSUTeam StatsBSU
.383Hitting Pct..179
128Total Attacks134
Reiff - 18
KillsAverkamp - 13
Rozell - 49
AssistsLeach - 24
Busch - 3
AcesHallmann - 3
Vancura - 15
DigsHallmann - 12
Baufield - 2
Reiff - 2
Snyder - 2
BlocksTouchett - 3
Filipiak - 3
Beavers fall short against No. 11 Northern State
Friday, October 20, 2017
Beavers fall short against No. 11 Northern State

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team falls to No. 11 Northern State University, 3-1 (25-20, 25-16, 25-27, 25-10), Friday evening in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action.

The Beavers (3-18, 0-12 NSIC) had their best set of the year in set three against the Wolves (17-3, 10-2 NSIC) attacking at a .395 efficiency with 18 kills and rallied from down 24-1 to win the set, 27-25.

Sophomore Shelby Haney reached 1,000 career assists after totaling 20 assists during the match, the second highest total of the season for the Cedar Park, Texas native.

Freshman Anna Averkamp led the Beavers with 13 kills on .226 hitting efficiency, the highest kill total for an individual since September 19.

“First, congrats to Shelby on getting 1,000 assists,” said head coach Kevin Ulmer. “This was a good match for us. I’m really proud of our team’s ability to finish in the third set with the highest hitting efficiency of the season. It was our best whole team offensive game of the year and everyone contributed in really significant ways. Our back-court did a tremendous job filling in and playing some very good defense.”

The Beavers finished the match with 48 kills and hit .179 as a team but couldn’t match the 11th-ranked Wolves who totaled 61 kills on .383 hitting efficiency.

The Beavers were competitive in set one holding a 16-16 tie with the Wolves late in the set. However, NSU took nine of the next 13 points to win set one, 25-20.

After a 25-16 set two loss, the Beavers fell down quickly in set three 17-12 but a four-point run by BSU pulled the Beavers within one. Northern State eventually took a 24-21 lead over the Beavers but kills by Sami Leach, Julie Touchett and Anna Averkamp tied the game at 25-25. BSU won the next two points to win its first set since Sept. 23, 27-25.

The third set was all Northern State with BSU falling down early, 12-1, and unable to recover from the large deficit falling 25-10 in the set.

Following Averkamp was Julie Touchett and Becky Schroeder who each totaled nine kills while Touchett had match-high .643 hitting percentage. Leach led the Beavers with 24 assists while Haney added 20 and sophomore Emma Hallmann led the back-court with 12 digs. Touchett and Maddie Filipiak led the Beavers with three blocks each.

The Beavers will look to rebound tomorrow when the host Minnesota State University, Moorhead at 2 p.m. at the BSU Gymnasium.

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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).