DULUTH, Minn. - The Bemidji State University women's tennis team fell to Saint Mary's University (Minn.) 7-2 and College of St. Scholastica 5-4 to the 2011 campaign over the weekend at the Arrowhead Tennis Center in Duluth, Minn. The Beavers open the season with an 0-2 mark. The weekend marked the first for first-year head coach Beth Campus who takes over the reins of the BSU women's tennis program.
On Saturday against the Cardinals of Saint Mary's, the Beavers were swept in doubles. At the No. 1 position, Kara Johnson (Sr., Anoka, Minn.) and Kelli Christiansen (Jr., Bemidji, Minn.) fell to Bailey Edwards and Rebecca Snyder, 8-4. At the No. 2 slot, Miranda Milless (Jr., Motley, Minn.) and Meg Hafdahl (So., Virginia, Minn.) fell 8-3 to Killian Edwards and Andrea Allis. In No. 3 doubles, SMU's Abby Voigt and Grace Zachman upended Britney Greenwaldt (Jr., Morris, Minn.) and Katherine Wolak (Jr., Geneseo, Ill.), 8-0.
In singles, Hafdahl picked up a victory for the Beavers at the No. 5 spot with a three-set victory over Rachel Luetmer, 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 10-4. Hafdahl improved to 1-0 on the season with the victory. The Beavers also got a singles win at the No. 6 spot from Wolak who defeated Kristina Wahl in three sets, 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 10-8. Johnson was swept in straight sets by Edwards at the No. 1 slot. At No. 2 singles, Greenwaldt fell in two, 6-3, 6-0. At the No. 3 spot, Christiansen was dropped 6-1, 6-1 by Allis. At No. 4 singles, Milless came back after losing the first set to take the second set but ultimately fell to Voigt, 6-0, 4-6, 10-6.
On Sunday against the Saints of St. Scholastica, BSU got an early point in doubles at the No. 3 spot when Greenwaldt and Wolak upended Jill Kammerer and Alek Ochrymowicz, 8-4. Greenwaldt and Wolak finished the weekend with a 1-1 doubles mark. At No. 1 doubles, Johnson and Christiansen of BSU fell 8-2 to Callee Conda and Danni Sonnenfeld. At the No. 2 slot, Milless and Hafdal lost 8-4 to Ali Bernst and Allie Carlson.
In singles, Christiansen picked up her first win of the season with a three-set victory over Liz Coyne, 7-5, 6-3, 10-7. Christiansen ends the weekend with a 1-1 record. At No. 5 singles, Hafdahl improved to 2-0 on the year with a victory over Pamela Hartley, 6-1, 2-6, 10-7. Wolak also improved to 2-0 with a victory at the No. 6 spot, downing Kelsey Geiger, 6-3, 6-4. At No. 1 singles, Johnson fell to Conda, 6-0, 6-1. At the No. 2 singles slot, Greenwaldt lost in three to Sonnenfeld, 4-6, 6-2, 10-5. Milless fell in two sets to Megan Lawrence, 6-2, 6-2 at the No. 4 singles spot.
The Beavers will next take the court against NSIC rival Southwest Minnesota State University in St. Cloud, Minn. on Feb. 19.