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BSU roundup: Soccer team loses to SCSU, volleyball team wins at SCSU

Bemidji State's Ashlee Ellefsen evades the sliding tackle from St. Cloud State's Marty Mordhardt. BSU Photo Services

Cold winds and blowing flurries greeted the Bemidji State University soccer team Saturday as the Beavers dropped a 2-1 decision to St. Cloud State at the BSU Soccer Field.

Hitting the snowy field, the Huskies jumped out on top scoring first in the eighth minute. Chelsey Parementer scored the goal for St. Cloud State.

However, the Beavers would equalize just four minutes later on a goal from Yesenia Garcia.

In the 69th minute St. Cloud State would take the lead on an Alexandra Pafko goal.

Ashlee Ellefsen nearly tied the game in the closing minutes, but her shot went wide of the goal.

The Beavers will play again on Sunday back at the BSU Soccer Field as they host Concordia-St. Paul in another NSIC matchup.

Game time is set for 1 p.m.

After falling short to three nationally-ranked opponents in its last three matches, the Bemidji State University volleyball team continued to play at a high level and defeated St. Cloud State 3-0 (25-23, 32-30, 25-20) in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference match at Halenbeck Hall.

The Beavers (7-13, 4-6 NSIC) snapped a three-match losing streak with the win, but those losses came at the hands of No. 22 Wayne State (2-3), No. 10 Minnesota Duluth (2-3) and No. 1 Concordia University (1-3) in the last seven days.

St. Cloud State dropped to 6-16 overall and 2-8 in NSIC play with the loss.

The four conference wins for Bemidji State is one more than last year's output, as Saturday's match marked the halfway point for the NSIC season.

Junior Brie Groskreutz had a match-high 16 digs in the contest, moving her to eighth-place on BSU's career digs list (since 1980) with 1,162 career digs.

Nicole Olson led the Beavers with a team-high 14 kills.

Slinger had the second most kills for BSU with a career-high 13 and also tied a career-high in blocks with four.

Courtney Bitter posted 41 set assists in the match and added 10 digs, along with her eight kills. She has 10 double-doubles on the season, which is a team-high.

Laura Carlson had nine digs and eight kills.