Beavers fall in five sets to Huskies in home opener

September 08, 20181st2nd3rd4th5thFinal
St. Cloud State10252525153
Bemidji State25142715132
.140Hitting Pct..136
164Total Attacks147
Navratil - 18
KillsAverkamp - 13
Torve - 41
AssistsCampbell - 37
Rachel - 2
Olstad - 2
AcesStolt - 3
Rachel - 17
DigsHallmann - 26
Nier - 3
Hughes - 3
Houle - 3
BlocksFilipiak - 5
Beavers fall in five sets to Huskies in home opener
Saturday, September 8, 2018
Beavers fall in five sets to Huskies in home opener

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team fell in a close five-set match Saturday afternoon against St. Cloud State University at the BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers (3-7, 0-2 NSIC) fell 3-2 (25-10, 14-25, 27-25, 15-25, 13-15) to the Huskies (6-2, 2-0) and fell 15-12 in the final set.

Sophomore Anna Averkamp led the Beavers with 13 kills in the match while junior Julie Touchett and sophomore Becka Cronin followed with 10 kills each.

“We came out with a lot of energy in the first set,” said head coach Kevin Ulmer. “The kids were pumped up to play at home and it showed on the court. It was a fun game and great atmosphere, it’s a new feeling to be able to have a team at the end of the game that know they can win and believe in their teammates and put the game away. It’s such a fun feeling to have that opportunity.”

The Beavers started the match rolling and fired off for the set’s first seven points including three aces from freshman Haley Stolt. The Beavers drove their lead even farther in the set and once held a 20-7 advantage over the Huskies before eventually closing out the set 25-10. Set one would be the Beavers’ best set in the match after hitting .385 as a team with 13 kills and just three errors.

The Huskies responded however, by jumping out to a 18-11 lead over the Beavers in set two followed by scoring seven consecutive points to win set two, 25-14.

BSU fell down early to St. Cloud State, 5-2, in set three but rallied to score five unanswered points to take a 7-5 lead. The Beavers extended their lead to 11-7 over the Huskies but soon after, SCSU closed the gap and took a 20-16. Bemidji State battled back to tie the set at 24 and took advantage of some SCUS miscues to win set three, 27-25.

St. Cloud State once again rallied in the next set and exploded for a 20-10 lead over the Beavers early on in the set. The Beavers would try to comeback in the set but eventually fell 25-15.

In the fifth set, it would be the Huskies who again would take the first lead. St. Cloud State took four-out-of-five points early on and went on a 5-0 scoring run to take a 11-4 lead. The Beavers responded however and went on a 5-1 scoring run to bring the score to 12-9. SCSU took the next two points but four consecutive points by BSU brought the score to 14-13. The Huskies would convert on the opposing attack on the next play and take the 15-13 win to end the match.

The Beavers totaled 45 kills as a team in the match falling short of the Huskies who totaled 50 and hit .136 as a team with just 25 errors compared to 27 errors by SCSU for a .140 hitting efficiency. The Beavers’ defense was exceptional and earned 72 digs while also earning 11 blocks at the net compared to just 64 digs and nine blocks for the Huskies.

Touchett led the Beavers with a .400 hitting percentage while senior Maddie Filipiak followed at .333 while also totaling six kills. Freshman Mary Campbell stepped up as the team’s setter after losing Maddie Mackinac to injury and coordinated the Beavers’ attack for 37 assists while also earning 14 digs for a double-double.

Junior Emma Hallmann led the Beavers’ back-court with a match-high 26 digs, two shy of a career high, followed by Campbell at 14 and Becka Cronin with 11. Filipiak led the team with five blocks (1s-4a) while Touchett added four (3s-1a) and Averkamp totaled three (0s-3a).

The Beavers return to action at home Tuesday, Sept. 11 when they host University of Minnesota Crookston for another Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference match.

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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).