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BEAVERS ROUNDUP: BSU volleyball goes 2-2 in St. Louis tourney

ST. LOUIS -- The Bemidji State volleyball team finished the Maryville Tournament Saturday with an overall record of 2-2.

The Beavers lost to hosts Maryville 3-1, but rebounded to sweep St. Ambrose 3-0.

Against Maryville, BSU won the first game but lost the next three for a final line of 25-27, 25-19, 25-20, 25-22.

BSU had jumped out to a quick 8-4 lead in the first set against the Saints and the teams went back-and-forth until BSU pulled out the 27-25 win.

However, BSU struggled in the second set, handing the Saints 12 points with nine errors and three setting errors.

In the third and fourth sets BSU struggled to hit and dropped both sets, losing the match.

BSU's second match went much better. The Beavers hit better and won by big scores of 25-15, 25-18 and 25-14.

Courtney Volkmann had a double-double with 40 assists and 18 digs. Freshmen Jess Yost and Amanda Tronick continued to be the main hitters for the BSU offense with 15 and 17 kills, respectively.

In the second match, the Beavers had a much easier time, sweeping the Fighting Bees 25-15, 25-18, 25-14.

The Beavers had a very balanced offense against St. Ambrose. Five players had at least six kills and no player had more than nine. Chelsea Frison led the team with nine.

Volkmann and Tronick were named to the all-tournament team; Volkmann had 21 kills, 149 assists, 8 service aces and 45 digs in the four matches. Tronick had 51 kills to lead the team in the four games.

The Beavers return to the court Sept. 13 and 14 for another nonconference tournament in Marquette, Mich., hosted by Northern Michigan.

BSU will take on hosts Northern Michigan and Quincy on Sept. 13 before playing matches against Michigan Tech and Lake Superior State Saturday.

Golfers ninth at Concordia

DETROIT LAKES -- Sophomore Olivia Knutson led the BSU women's golf team to a ninth-place finish Friday at the Cobber Open in Detroit Lakes. Knutson tied for 22nd individually with a nine-over-par 81.

As a team, the Beavers posted a 332 (+44) to finish 40 strokes off the pace set by North Dakota State (292/+4), but was just nine strokes out of fifth place.

Knutson's 81 left her 10 shots out of medalist contention and eight strokes behind her sister, Abby, who captured second place with a 73 (+1), while competing for NDSU.

Bemidji State will be back in action Sept. 14-16, when it travels to Lake Elmo, Minn., and Tartan Park Golf Club to participate in the Concordia-St. Paul Holiday Inn Invitational.

Jack Hittinger

Jack Hittinger is the sports editor of the Bemidji Pioneer. He is also the Bemidji State beat writer. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.

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