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VOLLEYBALL: BSU loses to Northern Mich., tops Quincy at tournament

MARQUETTE, Mich. — The Bemidji State volleyball team once again found a way to split their matches in a nonconference tournament.

The Beavers (3-3) lost to Northern Michigan in straight sets early Friday before rallying to defeat Quincy in five in the afternoon session during the Superior Oasis Wildcat Open, hosted by NMU.

In the match against Northern Michigan the Beavers never really got into a groove despite taking an early lead in the first set. The Wildcats would go on to beat the Beavers 25-14, 25-11, 25-12. Freshman Jessica Yost led BSU with six kills in the match while junior Courtney Volkmann posted seven digs and nine assists to lead the Beavers in both categories.

In BSU's second match, it was back-and-forth all game but the Beavers pulled out a five-set win.

Quincy took the first set 25-20 before the Beavers took the second fairly easily, 25-13.

In the third set the Beavers once again stayed close but lost 25-20.

But the Beavers evened the match 2-2 with a fourth-set victory. Elissa Christensen registered back-to-back service aces to open the set and put BSU up 2-1 and the Beavers would never relinquish the lead, winning 25-19.

In the fifth and deciding set, the Beavers continued the momentum that they got from the fourth and won by a score of 15-12.

Rachel Craig led the team with three kills, while Yost added a pair of kills in the set. In 16 attack attempts, the Beavers had eight kills and only two errors for a match-high .375 attacking percentage, which stands as BSU's best set of the season.

Four players netted dig totals of at least ten led by Kayla DeJong. Volkmann and Amanda Tronick each posted double doubles in the match with Volkmann posting 45 assists to go with 11 digs and Tronick netting a career-high 13 digs and 11 kills.

"The whole team defense really stepped up big for us," BSU head coach Wayne Chadwick said. "From blocking to digging, we played a very well-rounded, defensive game."

The Beavers team will return to action on today to close out the tournament. The Beavers will open the final day of play battling Michigan Tech 8 a.m. and will complete action versus Lake Superior State at 2 p.m.