BSU drops 2006 opener at MSU-Moorhead
Saturday, February 4, 2006
MOORHEAD, Minn. - [box score] The Bemidji State University tennis team broke the seal on its 2006 season Saturday dropping a 7-2 decision at Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference foe Minnesota State University-Moorhead. The Beavers' shot at a victory was still with in reach after the singles matches had completed as they trailed MSUM 4-2, but the Dragons took all three doubles points to push though to take the match.

Newcomer Kali Welu (Fr., Pequot Lakes, Minn.) earned the Beavers their first point of the day at No. 2 singles when she used a second set tie-breaker to defeat Alyssa Schafer in straight sets 6-2, 7-6 (10-8). Kristen Lexcen (So., Coon Rapids, Minn.) followed suit dropping MSUM's Beth Helgeson at No. 3 singles 6-1, 6-4.

But that was all the team scoring BSU would do on the day as MSU-Moorhead took the final three singles matches and each doubles contest in straight sets.

"Overall, I was pleased with out effort stated," BSU head coach Tom Hokanson. "Kristen used her power to earn a victory while Kali displayed her consistency to win her match."

The match marked the first for BSU under Hokanson. He replaces Kari Wood who served as the team's mentor for the previous three seasons.

The Beavers fall to 0-1 overall and are 0-1 versus NSIC competition. The team returns home tomorrow to face the same MSU-Moorhead team, this time on its own courts. The match is set to begin at 1:00 p.m. at BSU's Gillett Recreation/Fitness Center.