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Royals handle Cougars in home opener

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By Sam Johnson The Bethel University volleyball team (4-1) opened its home slate of games for the season Aug. 4 by defeating the University of Minnesota-Morris Cougars (3-2) in four sets. Energetic students, faculty and Royals supporters packed the Robertson Center gymnasium to capacity as they saw the Royals’ winning streak extend to four games. As the “Let’s Go Royals” chant echoed in the gym for the first time this year, Bethel began the first set a little sluggish, trailing 5-2 in the early stages. The Royals rebounded nicely with help from freshman setter Hannah Wilhite, who was making her collegiate home debut. One of her six kills brought the crowd to life late in the first giving the Royals a 24-19 lead, and ultimately Bethel won the set 25-20. “The crowd was amazing,” Wilhite said after the game. “They gave energy the whole match if we’re up or we’re…

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A tale of two matches, Bethel volleyball struggles early and rallies late to open season 1-1

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Costly mistakes dig a hole too steep By: Jared Martinson The Bethel volleyball team kicked off their 2018 campaign just down the street at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul in the Kathryne Pals Invitational on Friday night. Bethel faced off in the first of two evening matches against Wartburg College, taking the first set 25-22 thanks to hot starts from senior outside hitters Brooke Olstad and Tina Hoppe. Freshman setter Hannah Wilhite also impressed in her collegiate debut, misdirecting multiple sets for points. Wartburg recalibrated after a slow start in the second frame, falling behind 4-0 but recovering for a 12-7 lead that would not be caught. The Knights won the second set 25-17. As the Royals continued to make attack errors, momentum stayed with Wartburg and senior outside hitter Lizzy Blough (19 kills in the match) as they ran away in the best-of-five match, winning 3-1 with final set…

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Bethel soccer sweeps rival Northwestern

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By: Conrad Engstrom Late game heroics propels Royals over Eagles A packed Ona Orth Complex came to watch the Bethel men’s soccer team win their home opener in dramatic fashion Friday afternoon. The game-winning goal by Brandon Martinez came in extra time. Bethel and the University of Northwestern St. Paul played the 90 minutes of regulations to a 0-0 tie before Martinez’s chop shot over Northwestern goalie Austin Gunkel to seal the victory. “It was a game where we really had to grind,” senior defenseman Thomas Redden said. “We knew Martinez would be able to give us a chance whenever he gets the ball.” Bethel shined on the defensive end of the field, giving up only two shots on goal and only four shots total. In the second half Bethel thought they had scored a goal when Andrew Zwart kicked a nice cross into the back of net. The referee…

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