DULUTH, Minn. (Arrowhead Tennis and Athletic Center) -- The Bemidji State University tennis team was defeated by Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference-rival University of Minnesota Duluth, 9-0, Sunday at Arrowhead Tennis and Athletic Center. The Beavers drop to 0-2 on the season.
The Bulldogs put the Beavers in a 3-0 hole early taking all three double matches. Meg Hafdahl (Sr., Virginia, Minn.) and Caley Westin (So., Virginia, Minn.) fell in the No. 1 slot (8-0), Emily Rollins (So., North Branch, Minn.) and Nicci Hedtke (Fr., Nisswa, Minn.) dropped the No. 2 doubles match (8-3), and Jessica Dulz (Fr., Minneapolis, Minn.) and Carmen Backowski (So., Little Falls, Minn.) were defeated at no. 3 doubles by the score of 8-1.
BSU opened singles play, getting great matches out of its top two singles players. Westin at No. 1 and Hafdahl at No. 2 each battled back to earn second-set wins and forced their opponents to play a third set, but in the end, they fell 6-2, 4-6 (10-5) and 6-2, 2-6 (10-3), respectively. The remainder of the Beavers’ singles players were defeated in straight sets.
The Beavers (0-2; 0-1 NSIC) now hit the road for a trio of NSIC matchups. BSU will meet the University of Sioux Falls in St. Peter, Minn. Saturday at 10:30 a.m. before a nightcap with Minnesota State University, Mankato at 6 p.m. Sunday the team will travel to Owatonna, Minn. to battle Winona State University in a neutral-site NSIC contest.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).