The Golden Eagles had late leads in the second and third set, but Bemidji State used late runs in both frames in order to pick up the conference victory in the rivalry match.

    The University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball team had three hard-fought sets on Tues., Sept. 11, but ultimately fell 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-23) to Bemidji State at BSU Gymnasium in Bemidji, Minn.

    The Golden Eagles had late leads in the second and third set, but Bemidji State used late runs in both frames in order to pick up the conference victory in the rivalry match.

    Minnesota Crookston falls to 2-9 (0-3 NSIC) on the season with Tuesday’s loss. The Beavers move to 4-7 (1-2 NSIC) with the victory. Bemidji State is now 2-0 this season against the Golden Eagles after winning a non-conference bout Aug. 25 in Kenosha, Wis. The two schools will meet one final time Oct. 9 in Crookston, Minn.

Key Players
Minnesota Crookston
Kaitlin Sikkink, 9 kills, .263 hitting pct.
Deaira Gresham, 5 kills, .043 hitting pct., 6 digs
Sydney Kruisselbrink, 17 assists, 8 digs
Ali Schueler, 11 digs
Melissa Rodriguez, 2 block assists

    The Minnesota Crookston volleyball team had a strong match defensively with 55 digs for an average of 18.3 digs per set. The Golden Eagles also had six total blocks on the match. Offensively, the Golden Eagles hit .039 with 25 kills and 21 errors. The best set for the night for Minnesota Crookston came as they hit .179 with 10 kills and nine errors in the third set.

First Set

    The Golden Eagles and Beavers were knotted up 3-3 early in the first set following a Kaitlin Sikkink (R-Jr., MH, St. Charles, Minn.) kill. Bemidji State responded with a 5-0 run as they went ahead 8-3 on an attack error. Minnesota Crookston was able to pull within 11-7 in the first set, following a Greta Paszek attack error. The Golden Eagles continued their comeback as they cut the deficit to 16-14 with a crucial Sikkink kill. Minnesota Crookston pulled within one point at 21-20 late in the set as Kruisselbrink faked the set and put one over the net to an unsuspecting defense. However, that would be as close as the Golden Eagles would come as the Beavers ended the frame on a 4-0 run, winning on a Julie Touchett service ace.

Second Set

    Bemidji State continued with their momentum from the first set as they took an early 3-1 lead on a Touchett service ace. Minnesota Crookston came back 3-3 following an Emma Hallmann attack error. The Beavers countered and went ahead 7-5 on a service error. That is when the Golden Eagles would be able to take the advantage with a 3-0 run to go ahead 8-7 on a Katie Lienemann (So., DS, Rosemount, Minn.) service ace. The two teams held close until BSU tipped the scale in their favor with a 13-11 on yet another Touchett service ace, as her serves proved difficult for the Minnesota Crookston defense. However, the Golden Eagles did not succumb to the pressure as they utilized a 7-2 run to take an 18-15 lead following a bad set by Campbell. The Beavers again countered in the see-saw affair as they concluded the match on a 10-run, relying on the serve of Hallmann.

Third Set

     The Beavers again took the early 3-1 lead after an attack error by the Golden Eagles. Minnesota Crookston responded with a 7-1 run paced by a strong serve from Ali Schueler (R-Jr., Lib., Howards Grove, Wis.) as they took an 8-4 advantage. The Golden Eagles remained in the driver’s seat as they led late in the set 18-11 following a Porsha Porath (Fr., OH, Windom, Minn.) kill. The Beavers again were able to end the set on a run as they closed the third frame on a 14-5 rally to win the set 25-23 and the match 3-0.

    Minnesota Crookston continues to show improvement and play close sets in NSIC play but have yet to get into the win column. The Golden Eagles will next hit the court Fri., Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. versus Minnesota State University Moorhead at Nemzek Fieldhouse in Moorhead, Minn.