Beavers end season in fifth place at NSIC Championship
Monday, April 23, 2007
BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State tennis team concluded its season Sunday at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championship at the Baseline Center in Minneapolis, Minn. tied with the University of Minnesota, Crookston for fifth place.

Singles competition saw sophmores Kali Welu (Pequot Lakes, Minn.) and Julie Kapsner (Pierz, Minn.) put up fights in their first round contests at the No. 1 and No. 4 singles positions.

Welu saw her singles season come to an end when she battled it out with Minnesota State, Moorhead’s Ashley Taborsky. Welu went down 3-6 in the first set before coming back to take the second set 6-0. Taborsky was able to take the third set 6-3 to take the match.

Kapsner took the eventual No. 4 singles champion Maggie Lindquist from Winona State Unversity to the limit as she pushed Lindquist in the first set falling 7-6 with the tiebreaker being 7-3. Kapsner came back to take the second set 6-4 before falling in the third set 6-4 to give Lindquist the match.

Singles action also saw Kristen Lexcen (Andover, Minn.), Shelia Hoberg (Bismarck, N.D.), Amy Erickson (Roseau, Minn.), and Erin Mapes (Monticello, Minn.) of the Beavers competing.

In day two action the Beavers doubles tandem of Welu and Hoberg gave Minnesota State, Moorhead’s Rose Millness and Miranda Quest all they could handle but saw Millness and Quest sqeak out a 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 victory at No. 1 doubles.

The Beavers were unable to get victories at the other two doubles positions on the day.

Winona State University took its third straight NSIC championship at the event as they took the top four singles titles and the No. 1 doubles spot. Winona State’s Michele Bailey took home her fourth straight NSIC Championship Most valuable player honor while Minnesota State, Moorhead’s Gary Harris was awarded with the NSIC coach of the year.

The Beavers finished the season with a record of 2-13 (1-5; NSIC). The squad, which had no seniors, will return all of their roster for competition in the 2008 season.