SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The Bemidji State University tennis team dropped a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference matches in Sioux Falls, S.D., Feb. 8-9. Following a 6-1 loss to the University of Sioux Falls Saturday, the team was swept by Augustana University Sunday.
The Beavers move to 4-3 in 2020 and 1-2 versus in league play.
Friday at USF, the Beavers started in a 1-0 hole after doubles play. Despite Samantha Edlund and Hannah Peterson earning a 6-3 victory on the No. 3 doubles court, the Cougars earned a 6-4 win at the No. 1 doubles spot and BSU’s Brooke Mimmack and Hannah Alme were defeated, 6-2, in the No. 2 match as USF gained the doubles point.
In singles play, the Beavers found themselves down early as Mimmack was forced to retire due to injury after talking the first game of the match. Ariadna Lopez fell in the No. 1 singles match in straight sets (6-0, 6-2) to go down 3-0 to the Cougars. At No. 2 singles, Alme won the first set 6-4 but dropped the second set 6-0 as well as the tie breaker. By virtue of the fourth point in the match, USF clinched a team win.
BSU’s lone singles victory came on the fifth court. Sophomore Laney Rutkowski assembled a 6-2, 6-1 victory to improve to improve to 5-1 on the season.
The Beavers remained in Sioux Falls Sunday but changed their focus across town to Augustana, winner of the last nine NSIC championships.
Again, Bemidji State found itself trailing early after dropping all three doubles matchups and surrendering the doubles point.
Hannah Peterson and Maggie Richardson teamed up in a shuffled BSU lineup to make up the Beavers’ No. 2 team. In doubles play dominated by the Vikings, the pair managed to gain the Beavers’ only game, falling 6-1.
Augie continued its dominance into singles play. The Vikings posted straight-sets wins at all six matches. After victories on No. 2 and No. 3 singles courts, Laura Arce Vieyra clinched the match for the Vikings posting a 6-0, 6-3 victory over BSU’s Lopez in the top singles match.
Next, BSU travels to Bismarck, N.D. for a pair of league matches. The Beavers will face Minnesota State University-Moorhead at 5 p.m. Saturday and University Mary at 9 a.m. Sunday.