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COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL: Bemidji State dropped for 3-0 loss

BSU freshman Anna Averkamp (6) hits from the outside in the first set against Wayne State on Friday at the BSU Gymnasium. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)1 / 2
BSU juniors Jessica Reega (4) and Maddie Filipiak (13) go up for a block in the first set against Wayne State on Friday at the BSU Gymnasium. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)2 / 2

BEMIDJI -- A strong offensive attack from No. 22 Wayne State was too much to overcome for the Bemidji State volleyball team on Friday night, and the Beavers succumbed to a 3-0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-9) loss from the BSU Gymnasium.

Bemidji State (3-23, 0-17 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) was unable to stop the Wildcats (17-10, 10-7 NSIC) from breaking away from an 8-8 tie in the first set. WSC used a short spurt for a 14-10 lead, which expanded to 20-14 after a BSU error.

The Beavers slimmed the deficit to as few as four off an Anna Averkamp kill, but Wayne State still handily took the first set, 25-18.

Bemidji State stuck around early in the second, which saw ties on every other point up to a 7-7 score. But once the Wildcats grabbed a 8-7 edge, they never surrendered the lead again. A run of four straight WSC points, including three BSU errors to end it, saw the Beavers fall into a 17-9 hole. It was more than enough for Wayne State, as Bemidji State lost a 25-15 decision to drop into a 2-0 deficit.

The Wildcats broke away quickly in the deciding third set. After a kill from Averkamp tied it at 2-all, WSC ran off seven straight to gain the advantage. The difference swelled to 21-7 in a blink, and three straight errors for BSU closed the match with a 25-9 third, making for a 3-0 final.

Averkamp led the Beavers with a team-high nine kills on the night. Sami Leach totalled 13 assists and 13 digs, good for her fifth double-double of the season. Kelli Auer and Becka Cronin matched Leach with 13 digs, as well, while Maddie Filipiak added two blocks to lead Bemidji State.

The Beavers will return to action at 3 p.m. today to host No. 16 Augustana at the BSU Gymnasium in their final home match of the regular season.

Micah Friez

Micah Friez is a sports reporter for the Echo Press in Alexandria. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State University with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Alexandria area sports updates and jokes he thinks are funny.

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