Sports briefs

Beavers swept by No. 8 SMSU

MARSHALL, Minn. – The Minot State University volleyball team fell to eighth-ranked Southwest Minnesota State in straight sets in a Northern Sun Intercollegaite Conference match Friday.

Junior outside hitter Jen Dixon led the Beavers (12-15 overall, 7-10 NSIC) with 10 kills, two aces and 11 digs, but the Mustangs (19-6, 14-3) countered with 15 kills from Abbey Thissen and 11 from Whitney Burmeister in the 25-14, 25-20, 25-20 victory.

“SMSU is a really good team,” MSU coach Travis Ward said in a press release. “We definitely are growing as a program and look to be as consistent as they are in the near future.”

The Beavers struggled to penetrate SMSU’s net defense led by Claire Sames. The Mustangs’ leader in blocks added seven more and has 79 for the season.

MSU remains in the hunt for an NSIC tournament berth despite the loss. The Beavers are one game out of the final playoff spot with three NSIC contest remaining. MSU travels to play Sioux Falls at 4 p.m. today. The Cougars currently hold one of the final two playoff spots.

– Daily News Staff

Blizzard top Tauros in chippy contest

The Minot Minotauros were unable to create some breathing room between themselves and visiting Brookings on Friday, losing 4-2 to the Blizzard at Maysa Arena.

The teams exchanged power-play goals in the second period, but Brookings (3-10-4) lit the lamp three times in the third to pull even with Minot (4-11-2) in the Central Division.

Tauros forward Tyler Shipstad tied the game 2-2 with 8 minutes, 17 seconds remaining in the third period, but Brookings responded with back-to-back goals less than three minutes apart. Jeff Flicker scored the game-winning goal and Conor Andrle added some insurance with 5:08 to play.

Tempers flared several times, beginning midway through the second period when Minot’s Beau Rickets and Brookings’ Trey Olson dropped gloves. Shipstad received a roughing double major later in the frame. Minot’s Scott Dornbrock and Brookings’ Russ Jordan were ejected halfway through the third for abusing the officials and Blizzard skater Eliott Tisdale was assessed a game misconduct for an obscene gesture.

The teams play at 7:35 tonight at Maysa Arena.

– Daily News Staff