|November 05, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
Schroeder - 1
Lanoue - 2
Ballard - 4
DULUTH, Minn. – Bemidji State University volleyball senior Emma Hallmann moved into second on the Beavers’ career digs list after earning her 1,394th career dig Tuesday night against No. 5 University of Minnesota Duluth. The Beavers (7-17, 4-12 NSIC) fell to the fifth-ranked Bulldogs (21-3, 14-2 NSIC) in four sets (15-25, 13-25, 26-24, 18-25) in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action.
Hallmann surpassed Mary Gergen (1986-89) on the list and trails Brie Groskreutz (2006-10) who recorded 1,890 digs in her four-year career. Hallmann finished the game with 15 digs to pace the Beavers’ defense.
After falling in the first two sets by scores of 15-25 and 13-25, the Beavers responded in set three by earning their first set win over the Bulldogs since 2010 by a score of 26-24. After opening with a 4-1 lead over the Beavers, BSU rallied to tie the set at 7-7 but then trailed late in the set, 19-22. However, the Beavers rallied again and tied the set at 24 before two consecutive points to cap off the third set victory.
Minnesota Duluth then started the fourth set with a 7-1 scoring run, but the Beavers came back once again and tied it at 11-11. However, UMD answered with a 7-2 scoring run to take a five-point lead over the Beavers. Bemidji State could never recover and fell in the set 18-25 and the match 3-1.
Bemidji State hit .164 in the match and totaled 39 kills but hit .246 in the final two sets including 23 of the team’s 39 kills. Minnesota Duluth hit .293 as a team while earning 67 kills.
Junior Becky Schroeder paced the Beavers’ offense by recording 10 kills and hit .222 while junior Anna Averkamp followed with eight kills. Senior Julie Touchett added seven kills while junior Randi Johnson and sophomore Haley Stolt totaling six kills each with Johnson pacing the team by hitting at a .417 clip, a career mark. Redshirt freshman Maddie Mackinac coordinated the Beavers’ attach and earned 34 assists.
Behind Hallmann, Schroeder contributed 13 digs on defense for the double-double while Touchett earned five blocks (0s-5a) and Averkamp added four (1s-3a) for the Beavers.
Bemidji State returns home for its final two home matches of the season when they host No. 16 Winona State University and No. 22 Upper Iowa University, Friday and Saturday.
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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).