MINNETONKA, Minn. (Oakdale Tennis Village) -- The 2019 season came to an end for the Bemidji State University Tennis Team Saturday as the seventh-seeded Beavers fell to Minnesota State University Moorhead, the fourth seed, 4-0 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament quarterfinal match.
The Dragons earned the doubles point, garnering wins in the No. 3 doubles match over BSU’s Brook Mimmack and Breann Walsh, 6-0, and over the Beavers’ No. 1 duo, Zoë Lindgren and Hannah Alme, 6-1, before Bemidji State’s Ariadna Lopez-Simo and Laney Rutkowski closed out doubles play with a 6-4 victory at No. 2.
Trailing 1-0 to open singles play, BSU’s Alme was forced to pull out of the No. 3 match, after falling 6-4 in the opening set, due to injury. MSUM completed the sweep with singles wins over Walsh in the No. 5 match, 6-0, 7-5, and in the No. 6 singles match over Hannah Peterson, 6-1, 6-2. Lindgren, Lopez-Simo and Mimmack were left on the court with their No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4 matches in progress.
The Dragons now advance to face the No. 6 seed University of Sioux Falls, which defeated third-seeded Winona State University in its quarterfinal match up. The semifinal matches will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday with the championship match set for a 12 p.m. start.
The winner of the eight-team, single-elimination tournament will earn an automatic berth into the NCAA Central Region Tournament May 13-14, where it will join the league tournament champions from the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association and the Great American Conference along with the three highest ranked teams that were defeated in their respective league tournaments. Two teams from each of the eight regions will advance to the final site, which will be played May 22-25 at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Florida.
The Beavers finished the season 11-6 overall with a 6-5 mark versus the NSIC. With 11 wins, the Beavers recorded their fourth consecutive season with at least 10 wins.
The season also brings to a close the collegiate tennis careers of seniors Lindgren and Walsh. The duo has been part of some of the most successful BSU Tennis teams of all time totaling 44 team victories.
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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).