Nathalie Dillon sports editor
University of Minnesota women’s volleyball Crookston lost in a five-set thriller to Bemidji State in a Monday, April 4 scrimmage. The Golden Eagles lost the opening two sets but fought their way to force a fifth before falling 7-15.
After earning the first point with a kill from Bailey Schaefer, the Golden Eagles found themselves trailing 2-5. They won the next three points to tie the set at five, and Mara Weisensel gave Crookston the lead with a kill. The Beavers tied at six, but Crookston built up a four-point lead with kills from Schaefer and Weisensel and an ace from Bojana Stekovic.
Bemidji made his own run, scoring six unanswered points to tie and take the lead. The two teams battled for five points before the Beavers started another five-point series. Crookston took points here and there, but it wasn’t enough as they lost the first set 18-25.
The second series produced the same results in a different way.
Crookston was down 1-4 before Natalie Koke put the Golden Eagles back on track with a tip that found the ground. Slowly Crookston worked his way to draws at eight, nine and 10 before Bemidji parted ways with a four-run run.
After a Schaefer kill to make it 16-18, the Beavers raced to the finish, scoring four unanswered runs. Koke blocked Bemidji’s momentum again, but the effort was in vain as Crookston fell 18-25.
Crookston turned the script on its head in the third set, emerging in the lead 25-18.
After a four-way tie, the Golden Eagles took the lead for good with a double block. They took the next four points with two more double blocks, a kill from Maria Jose Bustos Garcia and an ace from Koke.
When the Beavers went within two at 13-11, Crookston widened the gap to 17-11 with kills from Schaefer and Weisensel. The Golden Eagles held on for the remainder of the set for a 25-18 victory.
Bemidji took a 5-0 lead but let Crookston back into the game with a service error. The Golden Eagles capitalized and came back within a point. They tied at six, but the Beavers didn’t give up easily. They held their lead to 12-all, when Charlee Krieg and Weisensel had back-to-back wins to take the lead.
Crookston secured their win with a late-set four-point streak as they prevailed 25-19.
The two teams were tied at four and seven before Bemidji ended the set and match with an eight-point streak.
The result of the scrimmage matches the results of the regular season match, where Bemidji won the last three sets for a 3-2 victory.