OWATONNA, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University Tennis team used a 7-2 victory over Southwest Minnesota State University in Sunday’s regular-season finale to establish a program record for wins. The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference-bound Beavers finished the regular season with an overall record of 11-5 and a 6-5 mark in league pay.
BSU’s 11th win of the season surpassed a 10-win season set in 1999—the Beavers’ last NSIC championship season.
The Beavers took a 2-1 edge into singles play after double pairs of Shaylin Prout and Deanie Hatch at No. 2 and Hope Johnson and Sabrina Okeson at No. 3 earned 8-5 and 8-4 victories, respectively.
BSU rattled off straight–sets wins at its top four singles positions, which included a 6-0, 6-0 victory by Morgan Opp at No. 3 singles. In all, the Beavers pulled five points out of singles play, dropping only the No. 5 match, where Claudia Bellew stretched her match to a tie breaker, but was edged by SMSU’s Britney Thompson.
Up next, the Beavers will make their first appearance NSIC Championships since 2011, when Kali Welu represented BSU as a No. 1 singles player in the individual tournament. The NSIC Championships will take place at the Oakdale Village Tennis Center in Minnetonka, Minn., April 23-24.
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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).