|September 17, 2021||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
Southwest Minn. St.
Bjerklie - 3
Wade - 3
BEMIDJI, Minn. – In its first home match since 2019, the Bemidji State University volleyball team pushed No. 8 Southwest Minnesota State University to four sets but fell 3-1 (25-12, 25-16, 24-26, 25-18) to the eighth-ranked Mustangs (9-0, 1-0 NSIC) in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opening play.
After falling in the first two sets of the match, the Beavers (0-9, 0-1 NSIC) rallied to win set three, 26-24, against the Mustangs but fell in the fourth and final set of the match.
Bemidji State was led by senior Anna Averkamp who totaled 11 kills in the match including five in the third set while juniors Rylee Pompa and Meeghen Dahlager followed with six kills each. Averkamp hit .103 in the match for second on the team while Pompa paced the Beavers with a .667 hitting percentage after totaling six kills on nine attacks and 0 errors. Bemidji State hit .031 as a team in the match with its best hitting percentage occurred in the third set with a .147 hitting mark. The Beavers were out-hit in the match 59 kills to 31 kills while the Mustangs hit .245 as a team and were paced by Meg Schmidt who totaled 15 kills and hit .480.
Pompa was also a force at the net and tied for the team lead with three blocks, all solo blocks, while sophomore Rylie Bjerklie and freshman Emily Wade each added three block assists. Bemidji State totaled nine blocks in the match which matched a season-high while also out-blocking the Mustangs, 9-8.
Wade led the Beavers with 26 assists and added seven digs on defense while sophomore Madison Weyker led the Beavers with 13 digs and sophomore Lauren Justesen added 10.
Bemidji State will look to rebound tomorrow and snap its losing skid when it hosts University of Sioux Falls at 1 p.m., from the BSU Gymnasium.
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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).