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VOLLEYBALL: Beavers fall to Dragons in five sets

MOORHEAD -- The Bemidji State volleyball team fell to Minnesota State Moorhead in five sets (25-23, 14-25, 26-24, 5-25, 15-17) Saturday afternoon in a back-and-forth Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference match.

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MOORHEAD -- The Bemidji State volleyball team fell to Minnesota State Moorhead in five sets (25-23, 14-25, 26-24, 5-25, 15-17) Saturday afternoon in a back-and-forth Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference match.

Senior Maddie Filipiak and junior Julie Touchett tallied 12 and 10 kills, respectively, while freshman Greta Paszek added nine for the Beavers (4-9, 1-4 NSIC).

The Beavers jumped out to an early lead over the Dragons by going on a four-point run to take a 13-8 lead in set one. BSU extended its lead to 19-13, but MSUM pulled within one at 24-23.

The Beavers were able to clinch the 25-23 victory after an attacking error by the Dragons.

Set two was tied at 11-all early on, but the Dragons then stormed ahead to a 21-13 lead. The Beavers couldn’t recover and the match was levelled at a set apiece.

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In a tight set three, MSUM took a two-point lead at 24-22, but a four-point rally that featured kills from sophomore Becka Cronin and Touchett gave BSU the 26-24 victory and 2-1 match lead.

The Dragons dominated the fourth set on their way to a 25-5 win that forced a deciding set five.

MSUM took an early 8-4 lead in the final set, but BSU responded by scoring seven of the next 10 points to tie the set at 11-all. Each team traded points until the score was 15-all, but consecutive points by the Dragons sealed the 17-15 and 3-2 win.

The Beavers return home to host a four-match homestand beginning with University of Mary and Minot State, Sept. 21 and 22.

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