The Golden Eagles have won three of their last five matches.

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball team swept Bemidji State University 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 26-24) in a Halloween match Tues., Oct. 31 at BSU Gymnasium in Bemidji, Minn.   

    The Golden Eagles have won three of their last five matches as they moved to 7-17 (4-11 NSIC) with Tuesday’s victory over the Beavers. Minnesota Crookston swept the season series 2-0 over Bemidji State. The Beavers fall to 3-23 (0-17 NSIC) as they remain winless in conference play.   

    Minnesota Crookston had an offensive showcase Tuesday as they put up some of their best offensive numbers of the season with 40 kills and just nine errors for a .304 hitting percentage. Kassi Green (R-Sr., OH, Anoka, Minn.) paced the Golden Eagles with 11 kills and a .310 hitting percentage. Callie Schapekahm (Jr., MH, Eagan, Minn.) was strong in the middle with eight kills and a .353 hitting percentage. Kaitlin Sikkink (R-So., RS, St. Charles, Minn.) notched seven kills with a .357 hitting percentage. Kelci Green (R-Sr., MH, Anoka, Minn.) and Maggie Perrel (R-Sr., OH, New Germany, Minn.) each chipped in six kills.   

    At setter, Kaycie Hagen guided the offense with 29 assists. She added five digs.   

    Defensively, UMC looked to libero Becca Vandenheuvel (Sr., Lib., Cannon Falls, Minn.) with 17 digs. Perrel added 15 digs on the night. On the block, Kelci Green paced the team with two block assists and one solo block, while Perrel chipped in two block assists.   

    Bemidji State hit .177 for the match with 46 kills and 23 errors. The Beavers looked to Maddie Filipiak with 13 kills. Becka Cronin notched 10 kills. Becky Schroeder added nine kills, while Mikhaila Ness chipped in seven kills and hit .182. Sami Leach guided the Beaver attack with 37 assists.   

    Defensively, Emma Hallmann paced the team with 13 digs, while Kelli Auer chipped in 12 digs. The block looked to one solo block from Becka Cronin.   

    Bemidji State got out to a 5-3 lead in the first set after a Cronin kill. Minnesota Crookston rallied with a 4-1 as they took the advantage 7-6 with a Kassi Green kill. The Beavers responded with a run of their own, as they turned the tables with a 5-1 run to go ahead 11-8 on a Schroeder kill. Minnesota Crookston continued the see-saw affair as a 5-1 run put the lead back in their hands 13-12 after a Cronin attack error. However, Bemidji State continued to counter as the two teams would be tied 20-20 following a Filipiak kill. Minnesota Crookston took the lead 22-20 with a Schapekahm score. They would close out the match with three-consecutive points as a Perrel kill cemented a 25-21 set one victory.   

    The two teams went back-and-forth early on in the second set. They would be tied 6-6 with a Leach ball handling error. The Beavers took a 7-6 lead after a Schroeder kill. Minnesota Crookston countered with a dominating 7-0 run led by three kills from Kassi Green to make it 13-7. The Beavers rallied for a 10-5 run as they cut the advantage to 18-17 with a Leach kill. Minnesota Crookston held off Bemidji State with a 6-2 run to end the set as they won 25-20 to go up 2-0 in the match.   

    The two teams would go toe-to-toe for the first 10 points as they were tied 5-5 after a Schroeder attack error. Bemidji State responded with a 4-1 run to go up 9-6 with a Ness score. Minnesota Crookston countered with a 9-2 run to go ahead 15-11 with a Schapekahm service ace. The Beavers would rally down the stretch as they outscored Minnesota Crookston 12-8 to knot the match up 23-23 after a Kelci Green attack error. The Golden Eagles took 3-of-4 points to take the 26-24 victory after a Kassi Green kill, as they won the match 3-0.   

    Minnesota Crookston will wrap up their home slate Fri., Nov. 3 at 5 p.m. versus Augustana University and Sat., Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. against Wayne State College (Neb.). The Golden Eagles will honor their senior class on Saturday and will honor Faculty and Staff on Friday.