BURNSVILLE, Minn. – Morgan Opp of the Bemidji State University tennis team has been named to the All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Team today in an announcement by the league. The BSU junior was selected to the singles second team in a poll of the NSIC's head coaches.
A transfer to BSU for the 2016 season, Opp anchored the Beavers’ lineup at either the No. 2/3 singles position in 15 of BSU’s 17 matches. She was second on the team with a 12-3 singles record, posting a 4-1 mark at No. 2 and 8-2 record in the No. 3 singles slot, and was 7-3 versus NSIC competition. In addition, Opp teamed up with freshman Zoe Lindgren to lead the Beavers in doubles play going 9-7, which included 12 matches (5-7) as the Beavers’ No. 1 doubles pair.
Opp becomes the second BSU tennis player to earn Second-Team All-NSIC honors in as many years, following 2015 Second Team All-NSIC selection Shaylin Prout. Opp is the fourth player to earn all-conference honors under current head coach Mark Fodness.
In the same announcement the NSIC named Augustana University's Kornelia Staniszewska as its player of the year and newcomer of the year, while teammate Jessa Richards was named senior of the year. Augustana's Marc Kurtz was named NSIC Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season. He led the Vikings to a 24-1 record, with a perfect 11-0 mark in NSIC play en route to their sixth straight NSIC Championship and a berth into the NCAA Division II Tournament.
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.
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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).