Beavers Post 1-2 Record in Opening Weekend of Play
Monday, February 7, 2005
DULUTH, Minn. - The Bemidji State University tennis team broke the seal on its 2005 season with a weekend trip to Duluth, Minn. for a trio of dual events. After dropping its first match 9-0 to host St. Scholastica, the team rebounded to hand Hamline University an 8-1 loss. Saturday, the team traveled across town to the University of Minnesota Duluth where it was defeated 9-0 by its former NSIC rival Bulldogs.

The highlight of the weekend was the outstanding play of the team versus Hamline. Newcomer Melissa Fogelson got things started for the Beavers at the No. 1 singles slot. Fogelson battled back from a 6-2 deficit in the first set to win the second set 7-6 (7-5) in a tie-breaker and took the set with a 10-7 score in the super-set tie-breaker.

"It was really nice to see Melissa battle back in what was her debut weekend obn the team at No. 1 singles," said BSU Head Coach Kari Wood. "It really gives us something to be excited about. I was very happy with our performance overall."

Angie Harrison, Emily Berg and Kristen Lexcen each carried the torch for BSU defeating their Hamline opponents in straight sets in singles competition. At No. 2 Singles Hamline gained its only point of the match when Hilary Wilson defeated BSU's Sherry Kuzel 6-1, 6-2.

BSU made a clean sweep in doubles play winning each of the three doubles matches. Holly Gilbertson and Harrison took No. 1 Doubles 8-6, Kuzel and Fogelson won their No. 2 Doubles match 8-4 while Emily Berg and Sarah Berg defeated their opponents 8-6 at No. 3 Doubles.

In doubles exhibition play, Hamline's Schumann and Munoz defeated BSU's Emily Foster and Lexcen, 8-6.

BSU is 1-2 on the season and have yet to play their first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference match. The Beavers will be back in action next weekend when they return to the Gillette Recreation and Fitness Center to lift the lid on their 2005 home season versus St. Cloud State. The match is set for a 5:00 p.m. start on Friday.