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VOLLEYBALL: Filipiak leads Beavers in loss to Eagles

Bemidji State junior setter Sami Leach readies a pass in the first set of a 3-0 loss to Minnesota Crookston at the BSU Gymnasium on Tuesday. (Micah Friez | Bemidji Pioneer)1 / 3
Bemidji State sophomore defensive specialist Emma Hallmann sends a ball over the net in the second set of a 3-0 loss to Minnesota Crookston at the BSU Gymnasium on Tuesday. (Micah Friez | Bemidji Pioneer)2 / 3
Bemidji State celebrates winning a rally against Minnesota Crookston in the second set of a 3-0 loss at the BSU Gymnasium on Tuesday. (Micah Friez | Bemidji Pioneer)3 / 3

BEMIDJI -- It was a gloomy Halloween evening for Beavers fans at the BSU Gymnasium on Tuesday, as the Bemidji State volleyball team dropped another Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference match to Minnesota Crookston in three sets (25-21, 25-20, 26-24).

The Beavers (3-22, 0-16 NSIC) outhit the Eagles (7-17, 4-1 NSIC) with 46 team kills, led by junior hitter Maddie Filipiak, who racked up a career-high of 13.

Freshman Becka Cronin also hit double digits with 10, and Becky Schroeder nine.

A 4-1 BSU run in the first set brought the Beavers to an 18-17 lead, but Crookston rallied back with a 7-4 run and the win, closed out by a Maggie Perrel kill.

The two teams went back and forth through the whole second set, except for a stretch of seven straight Eagles points that gave them a 13-7 lead.

The Beavers had chances to tie the game at 18, 19 and 20, but they couldn’t keep up with UMC, which ran away with a 25-20 win.

In set three, Bemidji State found itself down 21-16, but the Beavers scored eight of the next 11 points to tie it at 24-all, aided by kills from Filipiak, Schroeder and Mikhaila Ness and an ace from Cronin.

But the Eagles kept their composure and a BSU attack error and a Kassi Green kill clinched the UMC sweep.

Green led the Eagles attack with 11 kills. Perrel had 15 digs on defense, while setter Kaycie Hagen had 29 assists.

For the Beavers, Emma Hallmann had 13 digs, Kelli Auer had 12 digs and two aces and setter Sami Leach had 37 assists.

BSU has four games left on the schedule this fall, starting with two home games Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3-4. They host No. 22 Wayne State at 6 p.m. Friday and No. 16 Augustana at 3 p.m. Saturday for Parent’s Night.