WINONA, Minn. -- It came down to a tiebreaker the final singles match, but Winona State University earned a 5-4 victory over Bemidji State University in the 2017 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opener.
The Beavers found themselves in a significant hole dropping all three doubles matches to trail the Warriors, 3-0 heading into singles play. However, BSU got wins in the No. 1, 6 and 2 singles matches to tie the score 3-3 with three matches to play. Morgan Opp earned a 6-2, 1-6, 11-9 victory in the top singles match to get the Beavers on the board. Newcomer Brooke Mimmack posted a straight-sets win at No. 6 singles (6-3, 6-1) and Zoe Lindgren posted a 6-2, 6-0 win in the No. 2 match.
A 6-2, 6-3 loss by Breann Walsh in the No. 4 singles match and a 3-6, 6-1, 10-8 comeback victory by Ariadna Lopez-Simo in the No. 3 slot set up the ninth and deciding match between BSU's Hannah Alme and WSU's Katie Schruggs. WSU got the first set 6-4, but Alme battled back to take the second set 7-6 (7-1) to froce a tiebreaker where Schrugges would edge Alme and the Beavers 14-12 to tip the match in Winona State's favor.
The Beavers will continue NSIC play tomorrow when they meet Upper Iowa University before a non-conference match with Hamline University.
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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).