BEMIDJI, Minn. (Gillett Recreation/Fitness Center) -- The Bemidji State tennis team went 1-1 in its 2014 home opening weekend. The Beavers bounced back from a 7-2 loss to Upper Iowa University Saturday, with a 5-4 victory over University of Minnesota Duluth Sunday at the Gillett Recreation/Fitness Center.
The Beavers opened the weekend with a 7-2 loss to Upper Iowa University. The Peacocks put the Beavers a 3-0 hole early earning decision at all three doubles positions. The BSU duo of Abby Vohaska (Jr., Chicago, Ill.) and Anna Markgraf (Fr., Champlin Park, Minn.) at No. 3 doubles, gave the Beavers their best change to score, but dropped the match, 8-3, to UIU's Laura Alvarez and Morgan Winnie.
Upper Iowa extended its lead to 6-0 after taking the top three singles matches, including a straights sets victory (6-3, 6-1) for Iris Verweij in the No. 1 position, marking Shaylin Prout's (So., Thunder Bay, Ontario) first singles loss of 2014.
The Beavers battled back to get a point from Mikela Kowatsch (So., Cashmere, Wash.) at No. four singles. She battled back from a 6-0 loss in the first set, to defeated UIU's Kelly Jachymowski 10-8 in a tie breaker (0-6, 6-3, 10-8).
In the No. 5 slot. Vohaska dropped the first set 6-1, but used a 6-4 win in the second to push to a tie breaker, but ultimately fell to Winnie, Winnie, 6-1, 4-6, 10-6.
Bemidji State picked up the final point of the match at No. 6 singles. Markgraf pulled out a straight-sets win, 6-3, 6-1, over Alvarez for her second singles victory of the season.
Sunday the Beavers used a strong effort in doubles play and wins in its top three singles positions to earn a 5-4 victory over Minnesota Duluth.
BSU posted back-to-back 8-1 victories by Prout/Hatch and Westin/Kowatch in the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles before Vohaska and Markgraf dropped the No. 3 contest 8-4 giving BSU a 2-1 edge heading into singles play.
Prout, Hatch and Caley Westin (Jr., Virginia, Minn.) made quick work of their No. 1 (6-2, 6-1), No. 2 (6-3, 6-0) and No. 3 singles matches (6-1, 6-2), earning straight set wins to give BSU five team points and the victory. Minnesota Duluth battled back to earn wins in the final three singles matches, included third set tie brake losses by Kowatsch and Vohaska and in the No. 4 (4-6, 6-0, 10-5) and No. 5 singles positions (7-6, 5-7, 10-8), respectively.
The victory marked the first time the Beavers earned a win on their home courts since a 5-4 victory versus University of Mary March 12, 2012.
Bemidji State, now 4-3 overall and 2-3 in NSIC play, return to the road March 22-23 when it travels to Sioux Falls, S.D. for a pair of matches. BSU opens the weekend with a nonconference match up with the College of St. Benedict's Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday the Beavers continue NSIC action with a 9 a.m. contest at Augustana College.