Beavers drop three in St. Cloud
Sunday, March 16, 2008
BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University tennis team found hard times this weekend as they were unable to pick up a victory falling to Luther College 9-0, St. Cloud State 9-0, and Winona State 8-1 at Gold’s Gym in St. Cloud this past Saturday and Sunday.

Bemidji State started out its Saturday with a setback to the Luther College Norse. The Norse swept the doubles points led by the team of Brynne Zinnecker and Kathryn Nichols who captured the No. 1 doubles point with an 8-2 victory over the Beavers Kali Welu (Jr., Pequot Lakes, Minn.) and Shelia Hoberg (So, Bismarck, N.D.)

Farrah Steinke (Fr., Crosby, Minn.) tried to keep her consecutive singles win streak going as she battled Luther’s Amy Christenson at No. 5 singles. The first set saw Christenson victorious 6-3 before Steinke outlasted Christenson 7-5 in the second set to force the super set tiebreaker. The tiebreaker went to the wire but prevailed in Christensons favor as she edged Steinke 10-7 to take the point. The loss was the first in singles action in Steinke’s career at Bemidji State.

The Beavers finished play Saturday with a match against a tough opponent in the St. Cloud State Huskies. The Huskies started the match sweeping the doubles portion of the contest to take a 3-0 lead. The Huskies continued their strong play in singles taking all six singles points. Hoberg stayed competitive in her first set against the Huskies Aaryn Anderson but fell in the match 6-4, 6-0.

Bemidji State picked up its lone point of the weekend on Sunday but fell to Winona State in Northern Sun Intercollegiate action. Julie Kapsner (Jr., Pierz, Minn.) picked up the victory at No. 4 singles over the Warriors Kaycee Moore taking the first set 7-6 on a 7-5 tiebreaker. She then finished the second set with a strong 6-3 performance.

Bemidji State’s record now stands at (3-8; 0-2 NSIC). The Beavers continue play on Tuesday as they travel to Grand Forks, N.D. to take on the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux with the match scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. Bemidji State fell to North Dakota 9-0 in its first match of the season back on February 2.

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).