Beavers pick up two nonconference wins in River Falls

Beavers pick up two nonconference wins in River Falls
Friday, March 11, 2016
Beavers pick up two nonconference wins in River Falls

RIVER FALLS, Wis. -- The Bemidji State University tennis team picked up a pair of nonconference victories Friday in River Falls, Wis. The Beavers defeated University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 8-1, before a win over University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 8-1.

A rare opportunity to take their game outdoors, the Beavers used the wins outside of league play to improve to 8-4 overall to go into spring break having one its last three outings.

BSU opened play with a trio of victories in doubles play, including an 8-0 win by Sabrina Okeson and Hope Johnson at No. 3 doubles.

The Beavers continued its dominance in singles play, earning straight-sets victories in five of sis matches, dropping only a 7-5, 3-6 (10-6) match by Justine Scheller to Abby Johnson in the No. 5 singles slot.

The Beavers juggled their line up for the afternoon start versus the hosting UW-River Falls team. Senor no. 1 singles player, Shaylin Prout, sat out of the match, but BSU didn't skip a beat, as the team posted an 8-1 victory over the Falcons.

BSU again took a 3-0 lead out of doubles play as Deanie Hatch and Morgan Opp teamed up for an 8-2 win at No. 1 doubles and Claudia Bellew and Breann Walsh posted an 8-1 win at No. 2 before Johnson and Okeson collected a second 8-0 win in the No. 3 slot.

The Beavers rattled off straight-set victories in the top five singles positions, but Jessica Dulz was defeated by Karli Hellend, 8-5, in a superset at No. 6 singles.

BSU will resume action April 2-3 when it travels to Bismarck, N.D. for a pair of NSIC matches. BSU will face Minnesota State University, Moorhead Saturday evening before a Sunday morning match up with the University of Mary.