Beavers rally for 3-1 victory over Marauders

September 21, 20181st2nd3rd4thFinal
Bemidji State192525253
.099Hitting Pct..172
142Total Attacks128
Cruz - 12
KillsAverkamp - 10
Murphy - 27
AssistsCampbell - 26
Cruz - 2
AcesCronin - 5
Donarski - 18
DigsHallmann - 16
Bergthold - 3
BlocksTouchett - 5
Filipiak - 5
Beavers rally for 3-1 victory over Marauders
Friday, September 21, 2018
Beavers rally for 3-1 victory over Marauders

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team used team defense and sophomore Anna Averkamp hit for 10 kills to lead the Beavers (5-9, 2-4 NSIC) to their second home win of the season. The Beavers rallied from a first set loss to University of Mary to take the match 3-1 (19-25, 25-15, 25-19, 25-17) for their second Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference victory.

The Beavers’ defense totaled 67 digs in the game and out-blocked the Marauders (3-11, 0-6 NSIC) 10-5. Emma Hallman led the defense with 16 digs while Kelli Auer and Becka Cronin each added 12 while Julie Touchett and Maddie Filipiak guarded the net to total five blocks each.

“In the locker room we talked about being able to respond after basically getting punched in the face in the first set,” said head coach Kevin Ulmer. “We really stood out blocking the ball with 10 team blocks to go along with a great serving performance really put them on their heels. It was fun to see them play like that."

The Beavers struggled to match the intensity of the Marauders in the first set and hit just .077 during the set. BSU went down early in the set, 15-7, and could never gain enough momentum to bring the score within five points. U-Mary would close out the set, 25-19, while hitting at a .229 clip.

Set two would belong to the Beavers after they jumped out to a 11-4 lead to start the set after two five-point scoring runs. The Marauders could never recover and fell down 21-7 before rallying for eight-of-11 points to make it 24-15. However, Touchett would end the set at 25-15 however, after blocking a Marauder attacker for one of her five blocks in the match.

Each team would trade points in the third set with neither team able to gain more than a two-point advantage until the score showed 19-18. That’s when the Beavers would fire off for seven consecutive points to end the set, 25-19.  Touchett and Greta Paszek would dominate late in the set totaling for two kills and two blocks each during the run.

The Beavers would continue the hot hand in the fourth set by going up on the Marauders 12-4 early on. The Beavers and Marauders would trade points throughout the middle of the set before the scored reached 18-13 in favor of BSU. Bemidji State went on two three-point runs to push the set to 24-15 before earning the final point off of a kill from Averkamp at 25-17.

The Beavers finished by hitting .172 as a team in the match but were out hit, 39-38 kills. However, BSU forced 25 attacking errors by U-Mary to just 16 for the Beavers. Bemidji State’s serve was outstanding putting their opponents defense on their heels and totaled nine service aces including a career-high five from Becka Cronin.

Following Averkamps 10 kills, Julie Touchett and Greta Paszek each recorded seven kills in the match while Maddie Filipiak added six and Mary Campbell added five from the setting position. Campbell totaled 26 assists for the Beavers while also leading the team by hitting at a .400 clip.

The Beavers will shoot for back-to-back home wins for the first time since 2009 tomorrow afternoon when they take on the Beavers from Minot State University. First serve is scheduled for 3 p.m. from 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).