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Bemidji State volleyball: Olson reaches milestone against MSU, Mankato

Bemidji State's Nicole Olson, right, spikes the ball during Friday night's match at BSU Gymnasium. Pioneer Photo/Eric Stromgren

The Bemidji State volleyball team lost to Minnesota State University, Mankato 3-1 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference volleyball match Friday night at BSU Gymnasium.

No. 12 ranked Mankato won the match by game scores of 25-14, 25-20, 13-25 and 25-18.

Nicole Olson led the Beavers offensively with 13 kills and was the only BSU player to reach double-digit kills.

In doing so, the senior became the eighth player in the program's history to reach 1,000 kills.

Bethany Thompson had nine kills; Lindsey Weyer and Kimberly Hacker each had eight kills.

Jessi-Beth McCannell had 35 set assists and Brie Groskreutz had 18 digs for Bemidji State.

Minnesota State had three players in double digit kills and was led offensively by Amanda Beekman's and Kimberly Kuhl's 11 kills.

Mankato's defense made it a challenging night for the BSU offense.

The Mavericks had four players with double digit digs and held BSU's attack percentage to .164.

Mankato improved to 10-2 overall (2-2 NSIC) with the win.

The loss dropped Bemidji State to 8-5 overall and 2-3 on the NSIC season.

Bemidji State will play Southwest Minnesota State today at 4 p.m. at BSU Gymnasium.

The Mustangs are the No. 4 ranked team in Division II volleyball. The game ends a three-game stretch against nationally-ranked opponents for BSU.

Next weekend BSU?is on the road to face?Augustana and No. 4-ranked Wayne State.