Bemidji State blanks Bethany Lutheran in 2014 opener
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Bemidji State blanks Bethany Lutheran in 2014 opener

BEMIDJI, Minn. — The Bemidji State University tennis team opened its 2014 season with a 9-0 victory over Bethany Lutheran College in a neutral-site match at West Hills Tennis and Fitness Center in Owatonna, Minn.

The Beavers jumped out to a 3-0 leads after doubles play. The duo of Caley Westin (Jr., Virginia, Minn.) and Mikela Kowatsch (So. Cashmere, Wash.) posted an 8-4 victory at No. 1 doubles, while Justine Scheller (Fr. Mankato, Minn.) and Nicci Hedtke (So., Nisswa, Minn.) teamed up to record an 8-1 victory at No. 2 doubles. The Vikings were unable to field a team at No. 3 doubles and forfeit the match.

The Beavers continued to troll in singles play. Newcomer Shaylin Prout (So. Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada) posted a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 1 singles in her BSU debut, before Deanie Hatch (So. Brea, Calif.), Westin, Anna Buck (So., Fergus Falls, Minn.) and Anna Markgraf (Fr. Coon Rapids, Minn.) each posted straight-set victories at the No. 2-5 positions. Jessica Dulz completed the sweep earing a win at No. 6 singles by forfeit.

The victory allowed the new-look Beavers to match their win total from a year ago (1-13).

Bemidji State will continue its road trip tomorrow with a pair of matches. The Beavers will open the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schedule at 9 a.m. when it travels to Winona, Minn. to face Winona State University. BSU will then face St. Mary’s University in a nonconference match to wrap up the weekend.

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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).