SARTELL, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University tennis team earned its first Northern Sun Intercollegiate victory in since April 14, 2012 Saturday as the team posted a 1-1 record in a pair of league matches at Revolution Tennis Club in Sartell, Minn. The Beavers garnered a 7-2 decision over Southwest Minnesota State University before dropping a 6-3 match to St. Cloud State University.
The Beavers got the day underway posting victories at all three doubles positions, led by the pair of Shaylin Prout (So., Thunder Bay, Ontario) and Deanie Hatch (So., Brea, Calif.), who posted an 8-0 victory at No. 1 singles before Caley Westin (Jr., Virginia, Minn.) and Mikela Kowatsch (Cashmere, Wash.) and Justine Scheller (Fr., Mankato, Minn.) and Nicci Hedtke (So., Nisswa, Minn.) posted 9-7 and 8-6 wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles, respectively.
Prout and Hatch kept the ball rolling earning matching 6-1, 6-2 wins in the No. 1 and No. 2 singles slots to put BSU up 5-0 and clinch the victory for Beavers. Westin posted a 6-3, 7-5 win at No. 3 singles to extend BSU’s lead to 6-0 and Jessica Dulz (So., Minneapolis, Minn.) added a straight-sets (6-4, 7-6) win in the sixth singles slot to give the Beavers the 7-2 team conference victory.
The Beavers battled the Huskies to close the day of competition. BSU gave SCSU all it could handle, but the Huskies prevailed, 6-3.
SCSU took a 2-1 lead into singles play. Despite BSU’s duo of Prout and Hatch taking the No. 1 doubles match, 8-0, St. Cloud State would grab team points in the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles matches.
Bemidji State claimed wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 singles positions, but the Huskies would win the final our singles matches and would take the match, 6-3.
Proud and Hatch finished the day 2-0 in doubles action and each went 2-0 in singles play to lead the Beavers.
BSU returns to action Feb. 15-16 when it hosts Upper Iowa University and University of Minnesota Duluth in its 2014 home opening weekend. The Beavers will face the Peacocks at 6 p.m. Saturday, with a 2:30 p.m. match versus the Bulldogs Sunday. Both contests will be held at BSU’s Gillett Recreation/Fitness Center.
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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).