Sports briefs

MSU sweeps Bemidji State in volleyball

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Three Minot State University volleyball players reached double digits in kills Saturday as the Beavers swept Bemidji State in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference match, 28-26, 25-21, 25-21.

Junior outside hitter Jen Dixon led the way with 16 kills, senior middle hitter Kelsey Wingo had 12 and freshman outside hitter Taylor Butters chipped in 10. MSU (8-12 overall, 4-7 NSIC) hit .227 for the match as junior setter Emily Byrne dished out 49 assists.

MSU sophomore libero Ashley Heavenor tallied a match-high 20 digs and Dixon added 17. Rachel Craig led Bemidji (5-14, 1-10) with 10 kills.

MSU travels to the University of Mary on Tuesday.

– Daily News Staff

No. 1 NDSU comes back, crushes S. Illinois

CARBONDALE, Ill. – No 1. North Dakota State University fell behind 10-0 in the second quarter before dominating host Southern Illinois for a 31-10 Missouri Valley Conference win Saturday.

The rally started with senior Brock Jensen’s 55-yard touchdown pass to junior Zach Vraa with less than two minutes remaining in the first half.

Junior running back John Crocket rushed for three touchdowns of 10 yards or more in the third quarter and Adam Keller capped the scoring with a 28-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter. Crockett finished with a game-high 171 rushing yards on 23 carries. Senior tailback Sam Ojuri had 137 yards on 13 touches.

The Bison (7-0 overall, 4-0 MVC) limited the Salukis (4-4, 2-2) to just 46 yards on the ground.

Jensen finished 10 of 19 for 173 yards and no interceptions. NDSU plays at Indiana State (1-6, 0-3) next week.

– Daily News Staff

Tauros fall to Minnesota on late goal

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Minot Minotauros took a brief lead in the third period before allowing two unanswered goals in a 3-2 loss to the Minnesota Wilderness on Saturday.

The Wildnerness (7-2-3) took a 1-0 lead into the third period before Minot forward Cameron Rowat converted on a penalty shot at 2 minutes, 20 seconds of the frame. The Tauros (2-8-2) took their only lead of the contest with about 11 minutes remaining on a goal by Johnny Walker.

The lead was short-lived as Minnesota tied the game 30 seconds later and Johno May tallied the game-winning goal with 5:15 remaining.

Tauros netminder Brandon Wildung recorded 26 saves.

Minot travels to play Bismarck at 7:15 p.m. Friday.

– Daily News Staff

Beavers XC teams compete at UND Invitational

GRAND FORKS – The Minot State University cross country teams squared off against University of Manitoba in Division II races at the University of North Dakota Rod Pynn Invitational on Saturday.

MSU freshman Catie LeDesma led the team with a third-place finish overall at Ray Richards Golf Course, but Manitoba scored 28 points to edge the Beavers by one. LeDesma finished the 5K (3.1 miles) in 18 minutes, 58 seconds. Manitoba’s Rebekah Sass won in 18:22. MSU junior Kara Kuntz was fourth overall at 19:05.

“Catie and Sam (Huether) ran really solid,” MSU coach Stu Melby said in a press release. “This being our eighth year running this course, we have some pretty good comparisons to our runners and other teams. Kara (Kuntz), Catie and Sam all ran top 10 times for us as a program at this course.”

Manitoba had a low score of 21 in the men’s race to beat MSU by 17. Sophomore Joel Cartwright led the Beavers with a third-place finish in 26:14 for the 8K (4.97 miles). Sam Vincent of the Bison Track & Field Club won the event in 24:51.

The Beavers compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championships at 2 p.m. Saturday in Sioux Falls, S.D. The women’s distance increases to a 6K.

– Daily News Staff

Minot State sweeps Bemidji State in volleyball

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Three Minot State University volleyball players reached double digits in kills Saturday as the Beavers swept Bemidji State in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference match, 28-26, 25-21, 25-21.

Junior outside hitter Jen Dixon led the way with 16 kills, senior middle hitter Kelsey Wingo had 12 and freshman outside hitter Taylor Butters chipped in 10. MSU (8-12 overall, 4-7 NSIC) hit .227 for the match as junior setter Emily Byrne dished out 49 assists.

MSU sophomore libero Ashley Heavenor tallied a match-high 20 digs and Dixon added 17. Rachel Craig led Bemidji (5-14, 1-10) with 10 kills.

MSU travels to the University of Mary on Tuesday.

– Daily News Staff