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VOLLEYBALL: Bemidji State opens NSIC play, but Wolves spoil with 3-0 win

Despite the final count, Bemidji State (1-8, 0-1 NSIC) had its best hitting performance of the season by attacking at a .245 efficiency. The Beavers recorded 34 kills and had a season-low 11 errors.

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ABERDEEN, S.D. -- The Bemidji State volleyball team returned to conference competition on Friday, but Northern State prevented any sort of momentum for the Beavers.

BSU lost a 3-0 decision to the Wolves in Aberdeen, S.D., dropping by set scores of 25-14, 25-21 and 25-23.

Despite the final count, Bemidji State (1-8, 0-1 NSIC) had its best hitting performance of the season by attacking at a .245 efficiency. The Beavers recorded 34 kills and had a season-low 11 errors.

However, NSU (6-3, 1-0 NSIC) hit a season-high .333 to counter and lead into the sweep.

Hallie Mertz was the lone BSU hitter with double-digit kills, as she tallied 11. Lauren Sitter, Rylie Bjerklie and Meeghen Dahlager all had at least five kills and each hit over .300, as well.

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Hally Holker paced the team with 14 set assists, while Annie Hopp spearheaded the defensive efforts with 13 digs. Zayda Priebe also had two blocks to pace the club.

BSU will close the weekend road trip after facing Minnesota State Moorhead at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, in Moorhead.

Northern State 3, Bemidji State 0

BSU 14 21 23 -- 0

NSU 25 25 25 -- 3

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