Harrison and Kuntz Fair well in first day of NSIC Championships
Saturday, April 12, 2003
WINONA, Minn. - After the first day of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tennis Championships in Winona, Minn., only two Bemidji State athletes remain in the thick of things. Sophomores Angie Harrison (Virginia, Minn.) and Kelly Kuntz (East Grand Forks, Minn.) both advance not only in the singles competition, but they also were victorious as a team in their first doubles match advancing to the second day of the tournament.

At No. 1 singles for BSU, Thea Kinney was defeated by UM-Morris' Jen Ordos 6-0, 7-5. Kinney was then defeated by MSU-Moorhead's Jamie Lill 7-5, 7-6 (7) in the match for fifth place.

Sherry Kuzel lost her first match at No. 2 for BSU to UM-Morris' Jenn Anderson 6-1, 6-4. Kuzel then came back to claim fifth place with a win over Southwest State's Katy Granheim 6-3, 6-2.

Molly Mayer from Southwest State defeated BSU's Nikki Baird 6-1, 6-0 in No. 3 singles. In the fifth place match, UM-Morris' Jen Holmium needed a third set to beat Baird, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-2.

In No. 4 singles, Holly Gilbertson was bettered by MSU-Moorhead's Tana Wagner 6-0, 6-0. Southwest State's Melissa Weber defeated Gilbertson for fifth place 6-3, 6-3.

Kelly Kuntz was one of only two BSU players to win her first round match as she defeated Laura Kuehn from Southwest State, 7-5, 7-5. In the second round Kuntz was matched up with Winona State's Jennifer Wunsch. Wunsch defeated Kuntz in the match 6-3, 6-2. Tomorrow Kuntz will face MSU-Moorhead's Amy Fuoss in the third-place match.

Angie Harrison was the second BSU player to advance to the second round when she defeated UM-Morris' Rachael Mathiowetz 7-5, 6-3 in her No. 6 singles match. In the second round, Harrison was defeated by Katie Katterheinrich of Winona State in three sets 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. Harrison will be pitted against Southwest State's Katie Schmidt for third place in the NSIC tomorrow.

Harrison and Kuntz also teamed up as BSU's No. 3 doubles team. The pair defeated the team of Schmidt and Webber from Southwest State 6-0, 6-4 in their first round match. They were the only Bemidji State team to get a victory as the teams of Kinney/Gilbertson were defeated in their first No. 1 doubles match 6-4, 6-4 by the UM-Morris pair of Ordos/Holmlund. At No. 2 doubles, the team of Baird/Kuzel was defeated in their first round match 6-1, 6-1 to Schenck/Newbauer of Winona State.

Tomorrow the NSIC Tennis Championship continues in Winona, Minn. with championship and third-place matches in singles action. Doubles pool-play also continues.