BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team will look to snap a three-match losing skid this weekend when it hosts Augustana University and No. 8 Wayne State College (Neb.) Friday and Saturday. The Beavers (5-14, 2-9 NSIC) first host the Vikings (12-8, 5-6 NSIC) Friday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m., followed by the Wildcats (17-3, 8-3 NSIC) Saturday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m.
Augustana: Friday’s clash with the Vikings will be the 28th meeting between the two programs with Augustana dominating the all-time series with a 24-3 record. Augie is on a 12-match winning streak against the Beavers with Bemidji State’s last win occurring back in 2009. Since 1988, the Beavers are 1-23 against the Vikings. Bemidji State head coach Kevin Ulmer is 0-4 against the Vikings.
Wayne State: Saturday’s meeting between the Wildcats and Beavers will be the 33rd of the all-time series dating back to 1995. Wayne State dominates the all-time series record and are 30-2 against the Beavers including a 23-match winning streak dating back to 2004. The Beavers last win against the Wildcats came back in 2003, a 3-0 sweep, but the Beavers are just 1-29 against WSC since 1999. Head Coach Kevin Ulmer is 0-4 coaching against the Wildcats.
Augustana: The Vikings enter the weekend with a 12-8 overall record and are tied for 10th in the NSIC standings with a 5-6 league record. Augustana return to action after defeating No. 8 St. Cloud State University in three sets but fell to No. 7 University of Minnesota Duluth, also in three sets.
Augie is ranked 10th in the NSIC by averaging 12.79 kills per set and rank 11th by hitting at a .211 efficiency as a team. Its defense allows 12.08 kills per set to also rank 10th while allowing opponents to hit .184 to rank eighth.
Augustana is led on offense by freshman Maddy Guetter who averages 3.00 kills per set and leads the team by averaging 3.17 points per set. She is hitting at a .208 efficiency (204k-77e-611ta) for just fifth on the team while freshman Kate Reimann leads the team in hitting percentage by attacking at a .288 clip 48k-14e-118ta). Sophomore Grace Haberland is second on the team with 162 kills for a 2.28 kills per set average and is hitting at a .174 efficiency. Their attack is coordinated by sophomore Avery Thorson who has totaled 722 assists and averages 9.89 assists per set which ranks eighth in the NSIC.
On defense, the Vikings are led by freshman Erika Bute who averages 5.56 digs per set (406) which is second in the NSIC. At the net, sophomore Abby Benson leads the team with 66 blocks (5s-61a) and her 1.03 blocks per set average is fourth in the league.
Wayne State: The Wildcats begin the weekend’s action as the No. 8 ranked team in the latest American Volleyball Coaches’ Association national poll with a 17-3 record and are fourth in the NSIC with an 8-3 league record. Wayne State is coming off a weekend where they fell to No. 7 Minnesota Duluth 3-2 but rebounded with a three-set victory over No. 8 St. Cloud State.
Despite their national ranking, the Wildcats are one of the bottom teams by averaging just 12.42 kills per set ranking 10th and hit at a .252 clip to rank seventh. However, they are one of the top defensive teams in the conference and hold opponents to just 11.21 kills per set to rank third and hold opponents to just a .131 hitting efficiency to lead the NSIC.
The Wildcats are led on offense by five players who average more than two kills per set including Tarrin Beller who leads the team with a 2.79 kills per set average. She is followed by Kelsie Cada who averages 2.65 kills per set while Katie Stephens (2.39), Alyssa Ballenger (2.30) and Jaci Brahmer (2.01) all follow. Brahmer is also one of the most efficient hitters in the league and hit at a .393 clip to rank second while Beller follows and hits at a .368 clip to rank seventh. Their offense is coordinated by Rachel Walker who has totaled 709 assists for a 9.99 assist per set average which is seventh in the NSIC.
On defense, the Wildcats are led by Haley Kauth and Hope Carter who average 3.98 and 3.63 digs per set, respectively. At the net, Beller is one of the best blockers in the NSIC and is second with a 1.30 blocks per set average but leads the league with 92 total blocks (9s-83a).end tied for seventh in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference standings with a 5-4 league record but are 11-6 overall. The Mustangs are ranked 12th in the latest American Volleyball Coaches’ Association national poll but have lost four consecutive matches. The Mustangs fell to No. 11 Wayne State College (Neb.) in a close five-set match Tuesday in their last action.
Bemidji State: The Beavers return home after falling to No. 12 Southwest Minnesota State and Sioux Falls in three sets on the road. The Beavers are tied for 13th in the NSIC Standings with a 2-9 league record and are 5-14 overall.
Bemidji State is 13th in the conference by hitting at a .167 efficiency and are 12th by averaging 11.27 kills per set. The Beavers’ defense is 14th in the league by allowing opponents 13.56 kills per set while opponents are hitting .234 against BSU to rank 13th.
The Beavers have a trio of hitters that have each totaled 170 or more kills this season. They are led by junior Becky Schroeder with 188 kills and a 2.85 kills per set average while senior Julie Touchett follows with 1678 kills and a 2.51 kills per set average and sophomore Haley Stolt has totaled 173 kills for a 2.44 kills per set average. Junior Anna Averkamp is third on the team with a 2.38 kills per set average after coming back recently from injury. Bemidji State’s offense is run through redshirt freshman Maddie Mackinac who has recorded 678 assists for a 9.55 assist per set average.
On defense the Beavers are led by senior Emma Hallmann who leads the team and is ninth in the conference by averaging 4.24 digs per set. At the net, Touchett leads the team with 56 blocks (18s-38a) and is 14th in the league in total blocks.
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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).