BEMIDJI, Minn. – After a four-match road trip, the Bemidji State University volleyball team returns home to host Minot State University and University of Mary to begin a three-match homestand. The Beavers (3-11, 0-6 NSIC), who are on a 10-match losing streak, begin the weekend by hosting the Beavers of Minot State (1-14, 0-6 NSIC) Friday at 6 p.m., followed by the Marauders (1-14, 0-6 NSIC) Saturday at 1 p.m.
Minot State: Friday’s Beaver Battle will be just the 12th meeting between the two programs with Minot State holding a slight advantage in the all-time series record at 6-5. Minot State has had the best of BSU as of late and has won four consecutive matches beginning in 2017. Bemidji State and Minot State met two times last season and BSU fell 3-1 at home and 3-0 in Minot, N.D. Bemidji State head coach Kevin Ulmer is 1-4 all-time coaching against Minot State.
U-Mary: Saturday’s meeting between the Marauders and Beavers will be the 28th of the all-time series dating back to 1987. Bemidji State holds the all-time series record at 15-12 and are winners of the past two meetings after defeating the Marauders twice last season. The Beavers earned a 3-1 win over U-Mary at home and defeated the Marauders 3-1 again a month later. Bemidji State head coach Kevin Ulmer is 3-1 all-time coaching against U-Mary.
Minot State: Minot State enters the weekend with a 1-14 overall record and are tied for last in the NSIC standings after going 0-6 in league play in the first half of the season. The Beavers return to action after falling in three sets to No. 11 St. Cloud State University and No. 4 University of Minnesota Duluth. However, the Beavers earned their first win of the 2019 season just a few days prior after defeating U-Mary 3-0 at home on Oct. 1.
The Beavers are one of the worst attacking teams in the conference and average just 8.63 kills per set as a team (16th) and attack at just a .120 hitting efficiency (15th). Their defense ranks 12th in the league by allowing opponents to hit at a .242 efficiency while they allow opponents to earn 13.42 kills per set (15th).
Minot State is led on offense by senior Shelby Spuller who averages 2.76 kills per set and leads the team by averaging 2.99 points per set. She is hitting at a .147 efficiency (135k-68e-455ta) for fourth on the team while senior Hayley Swain leads the team in hitting percentage by attacking at a .202 clip (62k-27e-173ta). Bemidji native senior Emily Falldorf is second on the team with 82 kills for a 1.67 kills per set average and is hitting at a .190 efficiency, also second on the team. Their attack is coordinated by junior Mackenzie Froehlich who has totaled 351 assists and averages 7.31 assists per set.
On defense, the Beavers are led by junior Karli Koza who averages 3.96 digs per set (194) which is 12th in the NSIC. At the net, Swain leads the team with 40 blocks (12s-28a) and her 0.82 blocks per set average ranks 17th in the league. Falldorf follows closely with 32 total blocks (9s-23a) and a 0.65 blocks per set average.
U-Mary: The Marauders begin the weekend’s action currently on a nine-match losing streak and fell to Minnesota Duluth 3-0 and St. Cloud State 3-1 last weekend. U-Mary is tied for last in the conference with an 0-6 league record and are 1-14 overall.
U-Mary is also one of the worst hitting teams in the conference and average just 9.93 kills per set (14th) while hitting at just a .097 efficiency (16th). Its defense allows opponents 12.59 kills pers set (13th) while opponents attack at a .255 clip (15th).
The Marauders are led on offense by junior Morgan Schnabel who averages 3.00 kills per set (162) to rank 20th in the league. She averages 3.37 points per set but is hitting at a just a .087 efficiency (162k-113e-561ta). She is followed by senior Anna Nietfeld who averages 2.23 kills per set (87) and leads the team with a .194 hitting efficiency (87k-39e-248ta). U-Mary’s offense is coordinated by junior Sydney Murphy who averages 7.93 assists per set.
On defense, the Marauders are led by junior Natalia Cruz who averages 3.59 digs per set while junior Hannah Hanson leads the team at the net with 26 total blocks (3s-23a) and a 0.84 blocks per set average.
Bemidji State: The Beavers begin the weekend on a 10-match losing streak and fell last weekend to Minnesota State University, Moorhead in four games and No. 9 Northern State in three. The Beavers sport a 3-11 overall record and are tied for last in the conference with an 0-6 league record.
Bemidji State is 13th in the conference by hitting at a .170 efficiency and are 12th by averaging 11.19 kills per set. The Beavers’ defense is 14th in the league by allowing opponents 13.39 kills per set while opponents are hitting .244 against BSU to rank 13th.
The Beavers are led on offense by junior Becky Schroeder who averages 2.89 kills per set and hits at a .247 efficiency for second on the team. She is followed by sophomore Haley Stolt (2.43) and senior Julie Touchett (2.41) while Touchett paces the team by hitting at a .280 clip. BSU’s attack is coordinated by redshirt freshman Maddie Mackinac who averages 9.50 assists per set (513), the ninth best average in the NSIC.
On defense, the Beavers are led by senior Emma Hallmann who leads the team and is 13th in the conference by averaging 3.91 digs per set. She surpassed Kristine Engman (01-04) with her 1,237th career dig and currently stands eighth on BSU’s career digs list. At the net, junior Randi Johnson leads the team with 36 blocks (9s-27a) while Touchett follows closely with 34 (9s-25a).
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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).