BEMIDJI — The Bemidji Sate volleyball team fell to national No. 2 Southwest Minnesota State 25-12, 25-11, 25-16 in a NSIC match Friday night.
The Beavers (3-14, 1-9 NSIC) started off competitive in the first set, grinding to an even 4-4 score with the Mustangs (17-1, 9-1 NSIC), but that was as close as they’d come, as SMSU went on an eight-point run then finished the first set on a 7-2 run, winning 25-12.
BSU started strong in the second set but the Mustangs answered quickly going on a four point run to take the lead 4-2. SMSU never looked back and ended the game by scoring 22 of the last 25 points to win 25-11.
The Mustangs jumped to a 7-1 lead in the third before a Bemidji State head coach Wayne Chadwick called timeout. Off of the timeout SMSU took 13 out of 21 points to take a large 20-9 lead.
BSU looked to close the gap by going on three and four point runs of its own but the Mustangs proved too great of an opponent and took the third and final set 25-16.
The Beavers were led by Bethany Thompson and Kelsi Crawford, each with five kills.
Sophomore Courtney Volkmann picked up 14 assists on the night.
The Mustangs were led by Brooke Burmeister, who racked up three aces on the night to go along with 11kills.
The Beavers look to rebound at home at 4 p.m. today against Sioux Falls.
Cross country fourth
JAMESTOWN, N.D. – The Bemidji State cross country team took fourth Friday at the Jimmie Invitational, a 5,000-meter run hosted by Jamestown College.
Tina Larson led the Beavers, finishing 10th with a time of 20:12.00. Behind Larson was Taylor Sautbine with a time of 21:26.00 to finish 23rd, followed by Emily Turner who posted a 21:52.00 and a 27th place finish.
Rounding out the top 30 for BSU was MacKenzie Haupert at 28th with a time of 21:54.00 and Mikayla Connell at 21:57.00 (30th).
Concordia-Moorhead finished first and was followed up by Minnesota State Moorhead and Jamestown.
This was the last race for BSU before the NSIC Championships, which is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 20, in St. Paul.