BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- Bemidji State University’s Ariadna Lopez-Simo has been named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tennis Player of the Week in an announcement by the league office. The junior went 4-0 and helped the Beavers post two non-conference victories April 6-7.
Lopez-Simo was 4-0 in the final weekend of the 2019 regular season and led BSU to a pair of 7-0 victories, going 2-0 in singles play and 2-0 in doubles action. She teamed with Laney Rutkowski for a 6-3 victory in a No. 3 doubles match versus Concordia College and a 6-1 No. 2 doubles win over University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She also posted a 6-1, 6-0 victory versus Concordia and 6-3, 6-1 over UW-River Falls in the No. 2 singles position. She finished the regular season riding a team-best seven-match doubles wining streak and has won her last three singles matches heading into the NSIC Tournament.
Lopez-Simo is now 10-4 in singles play, including a 9-4 mark versus NSIC competition, and is 10-5 as a doubles player.
The Barcelona, Spain native becomes the first BSU Tennis player to earn a weekly conference award in 2019 and just the third since the 2012 season. Last year teammate Hannah Alme was selected for the award March 5, 2018 and before that, Caley Westin garnered the honor March 19, 2012.
The Beavers are 11-6 overall and finished the NSIC season 6-5 in league competition to finish tied for sixth. On the heels of its fourth consecutive 10-win season, BSU was seeded seventh in the conference tournament and will play the No. 2 seed Minnesota State University Moorhead in the quarterfinal round at 9 a.m. Saturday at Lifetime Fitness in Minnetonka, Minn. The semifinal and championship matches will be played Sunday.
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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).