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Bemidji State volleyball: Beavers sweep Upper Iowa in season finale

Bemidji State's volleyball team swept Upper Iowa 25-15, 27-25, 25-19 Saturday in its final match of the season.

Junior Brie Groskreutz set a BSU record for digs in a match with 38. The mark is also the top dig performance in a single match by an NSIC player this season.

With the victory, the Beavers finish with 11 wins, which is the most by a BSU squad since the 2003 team went 15-17. The Beavers finished 8-12 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play, which is the most conference wins since the 2002 campaign when they finished 8-10. The home win also gave BSU its first winning home record at 6-4 since 2003 when that squad posted a 7-4 mark in the BSU Gymnasium.

"We had fun out there," said head coach Laurie Bitter. "Upper Iowa didn't play well and we played great. I was glad to get some players into the match that hadn't had many opportunities this season, like Bethany Thompson, Jessi-Beth McCannell and Hannah Eilers, and see them play well. We played a lot of tough and close matches this year. We're making progress and moving forward with this program."

Groskreutz's 38 kills bumped her season total to 534, which falls just two short of establishing the BSU record (since 1980) for digs in a season. She now has 1,377 career digs, which is just nine digs shy of the school's career dig record (since 1980).