|October 26, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
Wayne St. (NE)
Johnson - 4
BEMIDJI, Minn. – Sophomore Haley Stolt recorded a career-high 18 kills and hit a career-best .216 while junior Becky Schroeder followed with 15 kills and hit .257 as the Bemidji State University volleyball team upset No. 8 Wayne State College (Neb.) Saturday afternoon in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action. The Beavers (6-15, 3-10 NSIC) defeated the Wildcats (18-4, 9-4 NSIC) in four sets, 3-1 (25-18, 6-25, 26-24, 25-16).
The win snaps a 23-match losing streak against the Wildcats for the Beavers’ first win against WSC since 2003. The win is also Bemidji State's first win versus a top-25 team under the Kevin Ulmer era.
“We’ve talked a lot this year about how everyone needs to have a good game,” said head coach Kevin Ulmer. “When everyone has a good game it’s a lot easier. They did that today and I’m really proud of their effort. Very exciting for our group to finally have something to put on our resume.”
Bemidji State opened the match with one of its best sets of the season and jumped to a 10-5 lead in set one. The Beavers eventually pushed their lead to 21-18 over the Wildcats and went on a four-point scoring run to close out the set, 25-18.
However, the eighth-ranked Wildcats responded with a dominant second set whey they tied the match with a commanding 25-6 set win that included a 15-point scoring run to end the set.
“It was one rotation that really just had us stuck,” continued Ulmer. “But I told them we don’t have to worry about set two anymore. If we go out there and play confidently like we did in set one where we controlled the game, anything can happen.”
The Beavers responded out of the break and rallied after going down 3-6 early to tie the game at 9-9. The Beavers and Wildcats then traded points throughout a set that included 14 tie scores and five lead changes and the score remained tied at 24 a piece. A kill by Stolt and a Wildcat ball handling error gave the Beavers’ the 26-24 set three win and 2-1 match lead.
Bemidji State had the best start to a set in the match and jumped to an 8-1 lead early on. The Wildcats were able to pull within one at 15-14 but the Beavers never gave up the lead and earned a 25-16 set four win to cap-off the 3-1 upset over Wayne State.
“The girls went out there and put the pressure on Wayne today,” continued Ulmer. “I really felt like they were confident in themselves and what they can do and it showed out there on the court.”
Wayne State hit more efficiently as a team at .256 compared to .242 for Bemidji State but the Beavers totaled 55 kills compared to 47 for the Wildcats. Following Stolt and Schroeder, senior Julie Touchett recorded nine kills and hit .227 while junior Randi Johnson followed with eight kills and hit .500. Redshirt freshman Maddie Mackinac coordinated the Beavers’ attack that hit .242, fourth highest percentage of the season, and earned 47 assists.
Bemidji State totaled eight team blocks and were led by Touchett (1s-3a) and Johnson (2s-2a) who each recorded four. Senior Emma Hallmann led the Beavers’ defense with 14 digs and now has 1,348 career digs and trails fourth-place Kayla DeJong by four digs on BSU’s career digs list. She needs just 38 digs in seven matches to move into second all-time.
Bemidji State will next be in action Thursday, Oct. 31 when they travel to face University of Minnesota Crookston and then quickly return home to host St. Cloud State University, Saturday, Nov. 2.
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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).