Beavers Fall to Concordia College, 6-3
Sunday, March 20, 2005
MOORHEAD, Minn. - Strong play in top singles positions was not enough to propel the Bemidji State University tennis team to its second consecutive win over Concordia College, Sunday, as the Cobbers took a 2-1 lead out of the doubles competition and proceeded to gain wins in four singles matches for a 6-3 team victory.

After dropping doubles matches at No.1 and No. 2, the BSU pair of Emily Berg (Red Wing, Minn.) and Sarah Berg (Bemidji, Minn.) battled CC's No. 3 doubles team to a 9-8 victory winning the tie-breaker 7-3, salvaging a point for the Beavers' team total.

The singles competition started with a bang as the Beavers' top two players garnered wins to take the lead in the match 3-2.

Melissa Fogelson (Bemidji, Minn.), after losing the first set 6-1, came back to gain a victory in the No. 1 spot taking the second set 7-6 (7-4) and win the tie-breaker 10-6. At No. 2 senior Sherry Kuzel (East Grand Forks, Minn.) gained her first win of the season in straight sets 6-4, 6-1. But unfortunately that was the extent of BSU wins in singles competition as each of BSU's final four singles players would drop their matches in straight sets.

Four singles victories coupled with two points garnered in doubles play gave Concordia College their first duel match victory of 2005, 6-3.

"Having Angie [Harrison] out the past few matches has really hurt us," said BSU head coach Kari Wood, "but our girls played well. Sherry Kuzel showed great skill and mental toughness shutting out her opponent." Wood also added, Melissa [Fogelson] at No. 1 singles and our No. 3 doubles team of Emily [Berg] and Sarah [Berg] played from first set deficits to come back and win."

BSU falls to 4-9 on the season. The team will be back in action Friday (March 25) when it host Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference rival Minnesota State University-Moorhead. The match is set for BSU's Gillett Fitness/Recreation Center with a 12:00 p.m. start.