GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Choice Therapy & Fitness) – The Bemidji State University Tennis team dropped its first match of the 2019 spring season Saturday afternoon in Grand Forks, N.D., falling to NCAA Division I University of North Dakota, 7-0. Freshman Laney Rutkowski posted an 8-4 victory in an exhibition match to highlight the Beavers’ play.
In may, the NCAA Championships committee voted to adopt the No-Ad (singles and doubles) scoring for the Division I and II levels. This new scoring system counts the three doubles matches as one point and each singles match as on point for a total of seven team points. Using that new system, the Fighting Hawks jumped out to a 1-0 lead after sweeping doubles play. UND earned a 6-0 win at No. 1 doubles over the BSU team Zoë Lindgren and Ariadna Lopez-Simo. Brooke Mimmack and Breann Walsh dropped a 6-1 decision in the No. 2 doubles match and Hannah Alme paired with Laney Rutkowski, in the No. 3 position, where they fell, 6-3.
In singles play, Lindgren pushed her opponent, Preethi Kasilingam, to 7-5 in the opening set before dropping the match in straight sets, 7-5, 6-0. From there, UND rattled off wins at the remaining five single spots, including the No. 6 singles match, where BSU sophomore Hannah Peterson pushed the first set of her match to 7-5, but also dropped the second set, 6-0. While Rutkowski’s match did count in the official score, she competed against Mary Wessman in an exhibition and earned an 8-4 victory.
The Beavers, now 1-1 including their fall match up with the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, returns to Bemidji, Minn. tomorrow to open the home portion of their 2019 schedule with a 11 a.m. meeting with St Cloud State University. The match will be played at the Gillett Wellness Center. Admission is free and open to the public.
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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).