|September 04, 2021||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
Black Hills State
Justesen - 1
Siedenburg - 2
|September 04, 2021||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
Averkamp - 9
Hopp - 2
Soha - 3
Gooding - 3
Coon - 3
BILLINGS, Mont. – The Bemidji State University volleyball team fell to 0-4 to begin the 2021 season after losing to Black Hills State University and Saint Martin’s University on the final day of the Yellowjacket Invitational hosted by Montana State University-Billings in Billings, Mont., Saturday evening.
The Beavers began day two of the tournament by falling to Black Hills State in three consecutive sets by scores of 25-17, 25-12 and 25-18 and then fell in four sets to Saint Martin’s (30-28, 25-17, 25-21, 25-13).
The Beavers struggled on the attack for the third consecutive match and hit at just a .061 efficiency as a team and were led by junior Rylee Pompa who totaled six kills on 14 attacks for a .214 hitting percentage. She was followed by senior Anna Averkamp who recorded five kills on 12 attacks and hit at a .333 efficiency after just one attacking error. Freshman Emily Wade coordinated the Beavers’ attack and totaled 17 assists while also picking up eight digs defensively.
Sophomore Madison Weyker led the Beavers’ defense with a career-high 17 digs while sophomores Rylie Bjerklie and Maddi Siedenburg led the team with two blocks each.
Black Hills State totaled a .296 attacking percentage as a team and out-hit the Beavers 40 kills to 28 while committing just 11 hitting errors compared to 22 by the Beavers. The Yellow Jackets were led by Madison Hoopman who tallied a match-high 13 kills while Kindra Cerrone added nine.
Bemidji State earned its first set win of the season in its final match at the tournament after taking set one against the Saints by a score of 30-28. However, the Saints would rally to win the next three sets and improve to 4-0 on the season by scores of 25-17, 25-21 and 25-13.
Bemidji State totaled a .069 hitting percentage as a team and were out-hit by the Saints 59 kills to 41. Bjerklie and Averkamp paced the Beavers’ attack with nine kills each while the duo each hit at a .107 efficiency. Freshman Ashley Crowl had her best match as a Beaver and totaled a career-high eight kills in the matches second-highest attacks with 45. Wade produced her first 30 or more assist match of her career after recording 33 assists for the Beavers’ attack while also adding 14 digs for her first double-double. Weyker led the Beavers’ defense with a season-high 20 digs while freshman Lauren Justesen also added 13 digs.
Freshman Lauren Sitter led the Beavers at the net with three blocks while Bjerklie and Pompa each added two.
Bemidji State will look to rebound next weekend when it travels to Indianapolis, Ind., to compete in the U-Indy Invite, Sept. 10-11.
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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).