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VOLLEYBALL: Beavers drop two to open Wildcat Open

MARQUETTE, Mich. -- The Bemidji State volleyball team dropped both of its matches during the first day of the Wildcat Open on Friday at Northern Michigan. The Beavers (3-3) fell to Michigan Tech 3-0 (17-25, 17-25, 18-25) and Northwood University 3-1 (23-25, 23-25, 25-16, 23-25).

After sweeping their last two matches entering the weekend, the Beavers were on the wrong end of a 3-0 match after being swept by the Huskies (4-1) in the day’s first match.

The Beavers had no answer for the MTU attack and failed to slow down their .393 hitting percentage while being out-killed 43-34 in the match.

Sophomores Anna Averkamp and Becka Cronin led BSU with nine kills each while Cronin led the team by hitting .417 in 17 attacks. Freshman Maddie Mackinac earned 24 assists in the match and tied for the team lead with Mary Campbell with five digs.

Despite hitting .230 as a team and holding the Timberwolves to a .196 hitting percentage, the Beavers fell in their final match Friday to Northwood. The Beavers recorded 45 kills in the match, including at least five from five different players, but failed to win the close sets after falling in three sets by two points.

Freshman Greta Paszek paved the way for the Beavers’ attack by leading the team with nine kills on .400 hitting efficiency. Junior Julie Touchett added seven kills and two service aces while Averkamp totaled six kills and Maddie Filipiak and Campbell each had five.

Mackinac tallied 31 assists while also earning seven digs. Junior Emma Hallmann dug out a season-high 18 balls to lead the match while sophomore Becky Schroeder surpassed her season-high with 15.

The Beavers continue play at the Wildcat Open by facing host Northern Michigan and Lake Superior State today at noon and 4 p.m.