BEMIDJI - The Bemidji State University volleyball team dropped its 10th straight, falling 3-0 (25-22, 29-27, 25-18) to another Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference foe, the University of Sioux Falls. BSU is now 2-1 all-time against the Cougars and next plays Tuesday on the road against theUniversity of Minnesota, Crookston. The Beavers are now 3-15 overall (1-10 NSIC) while Sioux Falls improves to 10-9 overall (2-8 NSIC).
Despite the second straight three set loss the Beavers remained competitive throughout the match. In the first set BSU and Sioux Falls displayed an entertaining grudge match, enduring seven lead changes and 12 tied scores. But the Cougars proved too difficult of an opponent, scoring six out of the last 10 points to win the set 25-22. Bemidji State’s Bethany Thompson (Sr., OH, Owatonna, Minn.) racked up six kills during the set on 11 total attacks (.273).
The second set proved to be an even more grueling battle between the Beavers and new NSIC opponent Sioux Falls, when both teams went back and forth throughout the set. Needing extra points to decide the victor, the second set was finally won by Sioux Falls, 29-27. Sophomore Courtney Volkmann (So., S, Wadena, Minn.) assisted the Beavers attackers tallying 12 assists during the set and also picked up two aces.
BSU came out in the third set disheartened after an emotional and grueling second set defeat and could not compete with the visiting Cougars. Going on runs of five and six, Sioux Falls outlasted the depleted Beavers winning the third and final set 25-18. Sioux Falls dominated the game early on by building an 18-9 lead. A late surge by BSU brought the set to 22-16, but the Cougars endured the newly found energy by the Beavers and ended the set on a three point run and forced Bemidji State to continue its losing streak.
Thompson led the Beavers with 16 kills on 40 total attacks (.150), while sophomores Rachel Craig (MB, Wadena, Minn.) and Kelly Niles (OH, Grand Rapids, Minn.) contributed with six kills a piece. Volkmann finished the afternoon with 30assists – her 11th 30 assist match of the season, - picked up three kills and tallied three aces.
Sioux Falls were led by Sarah Kohler and Samantha Lovell who each racked up 11 kills on the evening and were assisted by the team leading Alexa Reed, who recorded 30 assists for the Cougars. Sioux Falls faces Southwest Minnesota State University in their next game on Tuesday.
Bemidji State begins a three game road trip in Minnesota, Crookston, in a mid week match on Tuesday and then travel to Minnesota State University, Mankato andConcordia University, St. Paul for the weekend.