BEMIDJI, Minn. (Gillett Wellness Center) -- The Bemidji State University tennis team opened the 2017 season with a pair of victories at the Gillett Wellness Center Sunday. The Beavers used a 8-1 victory over Concordia College to kick star the campaign before battling back to earn a 5-4 victory over the College of St. Benedict in the nightcap.
Bemidji State opened the event with a sweep of the three doubles matches before earning straight-set wins in the top five singles matches before a tie-breaker at No. 6 went the way of the Cobbers.
Morgan Opp and Zoe Lindgren teamed up for an 8-2 win at No. 1 doubles and earned 6-0, 6-1 and 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively. In addition, newcomer Ariadna Lopez and Breann Walsh posted an 8-4 win at No. 2 doubles and won in the No. 3 and No. 4 singles positions, 6-1, 6-1. In the final doubles match, Sabrina Okeson and Hope Johnson recorded an 8-1 win. Freshman Brooke Mimmack (No. 5) and Johnson (No. 6) rounded out the Beavers' singles play Mimmack posted a 6-3, 6-0 win in her collegiate debut before Johnson battled back from a 6-4 loss in the first set to force a tie-breaker, 5-7, and fell 11-9.
In the second match of the day, Bemidji State drew the St. Bens. The Beavers fell in the No. 1 and 3 doubles matches to trail 2-1 heading into singles play, but took the lead, when Opp earned a straight-sets win at No. 1 (6-0, 6-2) and Mimmack was a winner in the No. 6 slot (6-1, 6-2). Ariadna Lopez was a 6-1, 7-5 winner at No. 3 singles and newcomer Hannah Alme clinched the victory with a 4-6, 6-3, 10-8 tie-break win in the No. 5 match.
Bemidji State finished the day with a 5-4 win to move to 2-0 on the season.
The Beavers have a tripleheader on the horizon, Feb. 11-12. BSU will open play Saturday with a 3:30 p.m. match at Winona State University. Sunday the Beavers will attempt to avenge a NSIC Tournament loss to Upper Iowa University at 9 a.m. on a neutral court in Winona, Minn. before battling Hamline University in a non-conference match up in Lakeville, Minn. at 3 p.m.
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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).