The Huskies hosted the Bemidji State Beavers in a NSIC matchup on Thursday. After dropping a close first game, the Huskies roared back to defeat the Beavers 3-1, by scores of 23-25, 25-20, 25-17, and 25-19.
In the first set, the Huskies had the advantage for the game until the Beavers tied it up at 22-22 with a tip that was just missed by the Huskies’ defensive specialist in the back row. A timeout was called by coach Braegelmann of the Huskies to try to shift the momentum. The Huskies came back ahead with a tip from Taylor Rollo that edged the Huskies ahead, 23-22. The Beavers got the ball back and with two missed passes by the Huskies, BSU won 25-23.
Once again, the Huskies had the advantage in the second set and momentum started to build when the Huskies went on a run, scoring seven points in a row. The Beavers called a timeout at 13-9 to try to shift the momentum, but the Huskies added two more points before BSU ended the run with a block that was hit out by the Huskies, making the score 15-10.
The SCSU swim and dive team was in attendance with the members doing their popular “Swim Team Strip” and with the Huskies getting closer to a win at 22-20 started chanting, “Make us strip.” This seemed to give the Huskies the push to win, which they wrapped up 25-20 on a missed hit by BSU. As the teams switched sides and prepared for the third set, the swim and dive team ran around the court in only their swimsuits, as part of their game-night tradition.
The third set started with BSU gaining the first point of the game with a kill. After that, the Huskies dominated with blocks and kills for the rest of the game. The Huskies were up 19-11 when the Beavers started to make a run for a comeback, but the game ended with a lift made by the Beavers. The final score was 25-17.
The Beavers opened the fourth set with a serve to gain the first point. BSU serves out to give the Huskies the ball and they quickly gained another point with a kill by Rachel Burke. This gave the Huskies the lead which they will hold for the rest of the game. The fourth set included big blocks and strategically placed hits and tips. The Huskies ended the match with a kill by middle-hitter Macy Weller, and a final kill by Rollo to end the game. The final score was 25-19.
The Huskies finished the match with 60 kills, 10 blocks and 56 assists. Outside hitter Rachel Burke ended the match with 18 kills and 5 blocks, while right-side hitter Rollo ended the match with 9 kills and 1 block. Setter Allison Butler tallied 32 assists and defensive specialist Brianne Stamer ended the game with 26 digs. The Huskies face off with the Golden Eagles of University of Minnesota-Crookston on Saturday, Sept. 19, at 4 p.m. in Crookston, Minnesota.