FIFTH-RANKED BULLDOGS BLAST BEMIDJI STATE IN ANNUAL 'PINK' GAME
Thursday, November 1, 2012
In a matchup of two teams on different ends of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference pecking order, the University of Minnesota Duluth put on a dominant performance in a 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-15) sweep of Bemidji State University. The Bulldogs took care of the Beavers in 65 minutes, making extremely quick work of the Beavers in the annual "Dig for a Cure" game aimed to spread breast cancer awareness Thursday evening at Romano Gymnasium.
No. 5 UMD (24-2 overall and 15-2 in the NSIC) used a powerful offensive display and a variety of attackers to remain undefeated (13-0) on its home floor in 2012. The Bulldogs built early leads in each of the first two sets, never allowing Bemidji State to gain any kind of momentum. UMD also kept the Beavers off balance through tough serving, combining to match a season-high with nine service aces.
Junior All-American outside hitter Kate Lange racked up a match-high 15 kills on 23 swings (for a season-best hitting percentage of .609), highlighting a quartet of Bulldog who had highly efficient nights on the attack. Senior middle blocker Kalli Lochner (eight kills), Monica Turner (eight kills) and sophomore right side hitter Maddy Siroin (five kills) each hit at a clip of .500 or better in helping UMD to a season-best attack percentage of .450.
Rookie setter Ashley Hinsch dished out 39 assists, adding a team-leading three ace serves and three digs. Sophomore libero Julie Rainey scooped nine digs to lead the Bulldog back row. UMD combined for six total blocks and held Bemidji State (4-20; 2-15) to 27 kills and an attack percentage of .152.
The Bulldogs are off Friday, and will finish the week with a road engagement at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. UMD swept the Golden Eagles Sept. 8 in a non-conference clash in Duluth.
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