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Olson's 14 kills lift Beavers to 3-0 volleyball victory

The Bemidji State University volleyball team picked up its seventh sweep of the season with a 3-0 road victory over Minnesota-Crookston Saturday. The Beavers won by scores of 25-22, 25-17 and 25-16.

BSU improved to 8-3 overall and 2-1 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

The Beavers were led by 14 kills by Nicole Olson, who hit .684 on 19 attempts. Kimberly Hacker played her best offensive match of the season with 11 kills. Hacker hit .526 for the game. Bemidji State finished Saturday's match with a .333 team attack percentage and 48 kills. Setter Jessi-Beth McCannell finished the day with 41 assists. McCannell has tallied five games this season with 40 or more assists.

Defensively, Brie Gros-kreutz led the way with 14 digs. Groskreutz the school's all-time leader in digs is now up to 1,567 digs in her four-year career. The Beavers had four team blocks on the game.

The seven 3-0 sweeps in 11 games for BSU is just one shy of the Beavers' total of eight in 2009. Bemidji State's 2-1 record in NSIC play marks their best record to start conference play since the 2006 season when they went 2-1.

The Beavers will return to action on Tuesday when they face No. 4 Minnesota Duluth at the BSU Gymnasium. Bemidji State will face three ranked opponents next week beginning with the Bulldogs. The Beavers will also host No. 14 Minnesota State on Friday and No. 5 Southwest Minnesota State on Saturday.