The Beavers fought valiently but didn’t have enough in the morning match to stop the Upper Iowa University Peacocks as the Peacocks swung the match in their favor late by winning three super set tiebreakers by the score of 11-9 to help them to a 7-2 victory.
The week started off with a trip to Moorhead, Minn. on Saturday to take on the Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragons. Bemidji State was victorious in a non-conference match at home back on March 30 by the score of 8-1 but this time saw the Dragons get their revenge in as they defeated the Beavers 6-3 in the conference matchup.
The Dragons were able to take two of the three doubles points as the Beavers Farrah Steinke (Fr., Crosby, Minn.) and Cheyanne Maki (So., Watford City, N.D) picked up a 7-5 victory over Kayla Parker and Traci Pesta at No. 3 doubles to keep the Beavers in the match.
Kali Welu (Jr., Pequot Lakes, Minn.) and Sheila Hoberg (So., Bismarck, N.D.) were able to pick up points at No. 1 and No. 4 singles respectively. Welu topped Ashley Taborsky, 3-6, 6-4, 10-2, while Hoberg squeezed past Maria Cederberg, 3-6, 6-1, 10-7.
Upper Iowa copied the formula the Dragons used as they were able to get off to a 2-1 lead in doubles action. Steinke and Maki once again spoiled the sweep of the doubles points as they topped Kelsey Montgomery and Elizabeth Limburg in a exciting 9-7 match at No. 3 doubles.
Amy Erickson (Jr., Roseau, Minn.) was the lone Beaver to take a point in singles action as she defeated Nicole Henry at the No. 6 spot, 6-4, 7-5.
Bemidji State stayed competitive throughout however as with the score 4-2 in favor of the Peacocks and the No. 3, 4, and 5 singles still playing the Beavers found themselves in a spot to take the match as all three spots went to a third set super tiebreaker. Unfortunately for Bemidji State Steinke fell to Mallery Cox at No. 3, 6-2, 6-7 on a 7-4 set tiebreaker, and 11-9 in the super see tiebreaker. Hoberg dropped the No. 4 singles to Kelsey Montgomery, 4-6, 6-4, 11-9. The Peacocks Erin Kelley was also able to take the No. 5 singles match by defeating Julie Kapsner (Jr., Pierz, Minn.), 4-6, 6-2, 11-9.
In the night cap the Beavers picked up their seventh win of the season with a 9-0 thrashing of the Golden Eagles.
Kristen Lexcen (Sr., Andover, Minn.) finished her career at the Gillett Recreation and Fitness Center in entertaining fashion as she defeated the Golden Eagle’s Jacqueline Noah in three sets. Lexcen dropped the first set 6-4 before roaring back in the second by the score of 6-0 . In the tiebreaker the senior fed off the emotion of this being her final home match to take the set 10-4.
With the 1-2 weekend the Beavers end the regular season with a record of 7-14 (3-4; NSIC).
Bemidji State will travel to Minneapolis, Minn. to compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championships on April 20 and 21. Saturday will consist of the singles matches while Sunday will be doubles. The times for the event have yet to be announced.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).