MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (Baseline Tennis Center) -- The Bemidji State University tennis team's 2017 season came to an end Saturday, falling to Winona State University, 5-2, in the quarterfinal round of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament. The Beavers' end their season with a program record 12 wins (12-6) and went 6-5 in league play.
Despite opening a 2-1 lead in doubles play, the Beavers saw Winona State take the first four singles matches to steal the match 5-2, and move on to face St. Cloud State University in the semifinal round. Winona would advance to the championship, before being defeated by Augustana University. The Vikings claimed their seventh straight conference tennis title with a 5-0 win over the Warriors.
After the tandem of Ariadna Lopez-Simo and Hannah Alme dropped their doubles contest, 8-3, in the No. 2 slot, BSU's Breann Walsh and Sabrina Okeson posted an 8-4 win in the No. 3 match and Morgan Opp and Zoe Lindren earned an 8-6 victory at No. 1 to give the Beavers a 2-1 advantage.
As singles play got underway, Opp lost 6-4, 6-3 to the Warriors' No. 1 singles player, Kaisey Skibba.
WSU took a 3-2 lead when Kendra Kappes defeated Alme in the No. 4 position, 6-1, 6-2, and put the Beavers on the ropes as Tayla Card earned a No. 5 singles win over Claudia Bellew.
The Warriors clinched the victory with a win at No. 6 singles. Katie Scruggs posted a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Brooke Mimmack to give WSU five of nine possible points.
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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).