BEMIDJI, Minn. (Winona Tennis Center) — The Bemidji State University tennis team went 1-1 in a pair of matches Sunday in Winona, Minn. The team dropped its 2014 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opener at Winona State University, 8-1, before earning a 5-4, nonconference victory over St. Mary’s University at the Winona Tennis Center.
Sunday’s victory allowed the new-look Beavers, who are under the direction of second-year head coach Mark Fodness, to double its win total from a year ago (1-13), just three matches into its 2014 season. Following its first weekend of play, BSU is 2-1 overall with a 0-1 mark in NSIC play.
On the heels of a 9-0 sweep of Bethany Lutheran College Saturday, the Beavers opened conference play at Winona State Sunday. The Beavers found themselves in a 3-0 hole early after dropping all three doubles matches. The pair of Justine Scheller (Fr. Mankato, Minn.) and Nicci Hedtke (So., Nisswa, Minn.), gave the Beavers their best chance in doubles play, but dropped the No. 3 match 8-6.
BSU’s only win in singles play came at the No. 1 position. Newcomer Shaylin Prout (So. Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada) posted a 6-4, 7-6 win over WSU’s Hannah Potter. The Warriors would go on to complete the match with wins in the other five singles matches and take the match, 8-1.
The Beavers bounced back with a 5-4 victory in the second match of the day. Buoyed by wins at all three doubles matches, BSU also gained wins in the No. 1 and 2 singles matches to gain the one-point team win.
Prout and Deanie Hatch (So., Brea,, Calif.) took the No. 1 doubles match 8-3 before Caley Westin (Jr., Virginia, Minn.) and Mikela Kowatsch (So., Cashmere, Wash.) combined for an 8-6 win at No. 2 and Sheller and Hedtke won, 8-4, in the No. 3 slot.
Prout posted her third No. 1 singles victory of the weekend (6-1, 6-3) and Hatch won at No. 2 (6-0, 6-0) before St. Mary’s went on a singles run winning the No. 3, 4, 5 and 6 matches to finish the meet 5-4.
Bemidji State (2-1; 0-1 NSIC) returns to action Feb. 8 when it travels to Sartell, Minn. for a pair of NSIC match ups. The Beavers will face Southwest Minnesota State University in a neutral-site match at 1 p.m. before going head-to-head with St. Cloud State University at 4:30 p.m.
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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).