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Beavers roundup: Dieterich powers Bemidji State soccer past Southwest St.

MARSHALL — Freshman Carly Dietrich scored off an indirect kick in the 43rd minute to give the Bemidji State soccer team all it would need to secure an NSIC win against Southwest Minnesota State Sunday in Marshall.

In the last two minutes of the first half, Bemidji State was awarded an indirect kick just outside the 18-yard box. Tiffany VanHaaften tapped the ball to Dietrich who rifled a shot into the upper right corner of the net. The goal was the first of Dietrich’s collegiate career.

The Beavers held on to the 1-0 lead throughout the second half despite being outshot 13-4 in the half and 16-8 overall. The Mustangs also had seven corner kicks while BSU had zero.

Goalkeeper Sonja Barr assembled an eight-save shutout to record her third shutout of the season. With the win, Barr is now 5-0-1 on the season.

With the victory the Beavers extended their winning streak to four games.

BSU is now of 7-2-1 overall and 5-1-1 in NSIC play, putting them in third place in the conference, behind Minnesota State Mankato and Winona State.

The Beavers host MSU Moorhead and Northern State this weekend.

Volleyball rally falls short

FAYETTE, Iowa – The Bemidji State volleyball team made a valiant comeback effort in a road match against Upper Iowa, but the Peacocks outlasted BSU 3-1 (25-21, 25-14, 23-25, 25-23) Saturday night.

After falling behind 2-0, the Beavers overcame a large deficit late in the third set to push the match to a fourth game, but the team could not pull off a similar rally in the fourth set to extend the game further.

With the loss, the Beavers’ sixth in a row, the team dropped to 3-11 with a 1-6 mark in the NSIC. Upper Iowa upped its season record to 10-6 and jumped above .500 in the conference at 4-3.

BSU kept pace with Upper Iowa in the first set until the Peacocks used a 7-2 run to create separation. The game ended how it began, with the teams trading points and UIU came out on top, 25-21. The trouble in Game 2 presented itself early for Bemidji State, who could not get any offense going in a rocky start out of the gate. The Peacocks began the set with a 9-1 lead and never looked back for a 25-14 win.

It looked as if Upper Iowa would cruise to a sweep in the third set when it was two points away from closing out the match at 23-15, but BSU was eager to put an end to a string of 17 consecutive sets lost. From that point on the Beavers capitalized on seven UIU errors and received kills from Kelsi Crawford, Bethany Thompson, and Rachel Craig to pull off an incredible comeback and keep the match alive.

In the fourth set, Bemidji State kept up with the Peacocks, but Upper Iowa made a late run to take a 23-18 lead. The Beavers made it close by cutting UIU’s advantage to one point at 24-23, but the Peacocks ended a long rally on the last point with Hailey Brown’s match-high 17th kill of the night to seal the victory.

For BSU, Thompson and Volkmann registered double-doubles. Thompson put up 12 kills in 10 digs in her sixth double-double of 2012 and Volkmann had 36 assists and 13 digs in her fifth. Volkmann also had a career-high four blocks. Also active at the net, Rachel Craig tied a career-best with six total blocks (one solo) and had a season-high 12 kills while hitting .409 on the night. Libero Elissa Christensen had her highest dig total in eight matches and led all players in the Saturday’s match in that category with 18.