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VOLLEYBALL: Beavers fall in sweep at Wildcat Open

MARQUETTE, Mich. -- The Bemidji State volleyball team dropped both of its games Saturday on the final day of the Wildcat Open at Northern Michigan. The Beavers (3-5) fell to Northern Michigan, 3-0 (18-25, 22-25, 23-25) and Lake Superior State, 3-2 (25-19, 18-25, 21-25, 25-20, 8-15).

Bemidji State hit .273 as a team and committed just nine attacking errors against the Wildcats but couldn’t slow them down as they totaled 53 kills and hit .374 as a team. NMU received votes in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association weekly poll, and knocked off top-ranked Minnesota Duluth Friday night.

Sophomore Anna Averkamp led the Beavers’ attack for the third consecutive match after totaling nine kills and hitting .562 with no attacking errors, while freshman Mary Campbell added eight kills on .250 hitting efficiency. Freshman Maddie Mackinac led the Beavers in assists with 30 while also contributing seven digs on defense. Junior Emma Hallmann led the Beavers’ backcourt with 10 digs followed by Mackinac with seven.

The final match of the tournament saw the Beavers push the Lakers to five sets in their most competitive match of the weekend. BSU prevailed in the first set, but fell in sets two and three before rallying back in the fourth set to tie the match. The Beavers struggled in the final set, totaling just three kills to fall to the Lakers 15-8.

Averkamp led the Beavers’ offense once again and totaled 14 kills while also hitting .257 in the match, while junior Julie Touchett hit a season-high nine kills with just one attacking error for a .500 efficiency. Senior Maddie Filipiak contributed eight kills on .571 efficiency to lead the team, while Campbell added seven kills.

The Beavers have now concluded non-conference play, and will next travel to Duluth to face the No. 1 Bulldogs on Thursday, Sept. 6. BSU returns to Bemidji for its first home match of the season Saturday, Sept. 8, against St. Cloud State.