Beavers fall in four sets to UMary
The Minot State volleyball team battled the University of Mary in a mid-week Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference match Tuesday at the MSU Dome and fell 3-1.
Set scores were 24-26, 25-18, 25-16, 25-16.
The loss drops the Beavers to 3-8 (0-3 NSIC) on the season while the Marauders improve to 5-7 (1-2 NSIC).
Sophomores Emily Falldorf and Jeanne Brenner led the balanced attack on offense with 10 kills apiece. Shelby Spuller was third on the team with nine kills while also notching 12 digs on the defensive side.
Kelsey Dewulf dished out 30 assists along with six digs. Falldorf and Hayley Swain led the defense with six and five blocks, respectively.
In the first set, the two teams traded points to begin the match before the Marauders jumped out to a 10-6 lead. Minot State cut the deficit to 16-14 after blocks by Falldorf and Brenner. After facing a 24-22 deficit, the Beavers battled back with a 4-0 rally off two kills from Brenner, an error from UMary and a kill by Falldorf to win the first set, 26-24.
The Beavers carried the momentum into the second set, racing out to an early 4-1 lead after a kill by Swain. UMary climbed their way back, taking a 9-8 lead off an attack error by Brenner and never looked back while winning the second set, 25-16. Swain carried the Beaver offense with three kills in the set.
In the third set, UMary took an early 8-6 lead before the Beavers tied it at 8 off kills from Spuller and Brileigh Boyce. The Marauder went on a 17-10 run to win the set, 25-16. Falldorf and Spuller paced the Beavers with five and four kills, respectively.
In the fourth and final set, the Marauders started the set with a 7-2 advantage before the Beavers cut it to 7-5 off a kill from Brenner and two UMary attack errors. That was as close as Minot State got, as UMary pulled away to a 25-16 victory in the set to seal the match at 3-1.
Up next, Minot State hits the road for a pair of NSIC matches this weekend. The Beavers will travel to face No. 2 Concordia-St. Paul on Friday night at 6 p.m. before playing Minnesota State on Saturday at noon. Links to live stats and video are available on msubeavers.com.
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