ST. PAUL, Minn. (Leonard Center) -- The Bemidji State tennis team posted wins at the No. 4 and 5 singles positions, but Northwestern College (Minn.) proved to be too much Saturday as the Eagles swept the doubles competition and earned wins in four singles contests en route to a 7-2 victory over the Beavers in the neutral-site match.
The Beavers found themselves in an early hole dropping all three doubles matches.
Northwestern’s Megan Johnson and Kelly Johnson defeated the team of Kelli Christiansen (Sr., Bemidji, Minn.) and Britney Greenwaldt (Sr., Morris, Minn.) 8-2 at No. 1 doubles. Amy Knight and Rachel Smith topped Miranda Milless (Sr., Motley, Minn.) and Caley Westin (Fr., Virginia, Minn.) 8-4 and the duo of Chelsey Fiecke and Amber Gallaway completed the pairs sweep for NC with a 8-3 victory over Meg Hafdahl (Jr., Virginia, Minn.) and Abby Vohaska (Bull Valley, Ill.) in the No. 3 slot.
Holding a lead to open the singles portion of the match, the Eagles buried the Beavers early recording wins in the top three singles contests. Milless improved to 2-0 in singles play with a straight-sets victory over Rachel Smith (7-5, 6-0) at No. 4 singles to get the Beavers on the board. Hafdahl continued the run with a 6-2, 6-4 triumph over Amber Gallaway in the No. 5 position, but NC closed out the match victory with an 8-3 super set win at No. 6 singles.
Bemidji State (0-2) returns to action Feb. 18 when it hosts the first of five matches slated for its home court this season. The Beavers welcome the University of Sioux Falls to Gillett Recreation/Fitness Center for a 1 p.m. match.
Feb 04, 2012 at St. Paul, Minn.
1. Megan Johnson/Kelly Johnson (NWC) def. Christiansen, Kelli/Greenwaldt, Britney (BSU) 8-2
2. Amy Knight/Rachel Smith (NWC) def. Milless, Miranda/Westin, Caley (BSU) 8-4
3. Chelsey Fiecke/Amber Gallaway (NWC) def. Hafdahl, Meg/Vohaska, Abby (BSU) 8-3
1. Megan Johnson (NWC) def. Greenwaldt, Britney (BSU) 6-1, 6-2
2. Kelly Johnson (NWC) def. Christiansen, Kelli (BSU) 7-5, 6-1
3. Amy Knight (NWC) def. Westin, Caley (BSU) 6-4, 7-5
4. Milless, Miranda (BSU) def. Rachel Smith (NWC) 7-5, 6-0
5. Hafdahl, Meg (BSU) def. Amber Gallaway (NWC) 6-2, 6-4
6. Rachel Richter (NWC) def. Rueter, Briana (BSU) 8-3