MINNETONKA, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University tennis team saw its first appearance in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament since 2009 cut short Saturday, as the Beavers dropped its quarterfinal match to Upper Iowa University, 5-1.
The seventh seed after posting a 6-5 league record, BSU drew second-seeded Upper Iowa University, which finished the conference season with an 11-1 record.
The Beavers dropped their No. 1 and No. 3 doubles matches to trail the Peacocks, 2-1 entering singles play. Seniors Shaylin Prout and Deanie Hatch teamed up for a 9-8 victory in the No. 2 doubles slot in a tie breaker.
As singles play got underway, UIU's Saki Kawabata took the No. 1 match over Prout, 6-0, 6-1. On tthe No. 5 court, Anna Okolot defeated BSU's Breann Walsh, 6-3, 6-2. The Peacocks got their fifth point in a Isabella Sella victory over Hatch at No 2 singles, 6-3, 6-1, ending the match, 5-1.
"I was extremely proud of the effort the ladies put fourth today," said fourth-year Head Coach Mark Fodness. "We definitely played our best tennis of the season today. The energy, focus and chemistry on the courts was amazing. It's too bad they pulled the matches after one team gets their fifth point because we definitely had some wins left on the courts."
The Beavers finish the season 11-6 overall and established a school record for wins in a season (11), surpassing its 1999 10-win, NSIC Championship season.