BEMIDJI, Minn. (Gillett Recreation-Fitness Center) -- The Bemidji State University tennis team was defeated by the University of Mary in its 2014 home finale, Saturday at Gillett Recreation-Fitness Center. The Marauders swept the doubles and singles matches to hand the Beavers a 9-0 loss.
U-Mary made quick work of double play. After BSU's No. 1 team of Shaylin Prout (So., Thunder Bay, Ontario) and Mikela Kowatsch (So., Wash.) fell, 8-1, and Caley Westin (Jr., Virginia, Minn.) and Anna Markgraf (Fr., Champlin, Minn.) dropped the No. 2 doubles match, 8-4, Justine Scheller (Fr., Mankato, Minn.) and Nicci Hedtke (So., Nisswa, Minn.) gave the Beavers' their best chance for a point in doubles play. The BSU duo pushed the Marauder pair to a final score of 8-6 before falling.
Trailing 3-0 after doubles play, the Beavers needed wins in four of six singles matches to take the NSIC match up--a feat BSU would fall short of.
U-Mary continued to roll in singles action earning straight-set wins in the top five match ups. Anna Buck battled back after a 6-1 loss in the first set, to take the second, 6-1 and force a tie breaker at No. 6 singles. The sophomore from Fergus Falls, Minn. was ultimately defeated 10-6 and the Marauders took the match, 9-0.
The Beavers, now 6-6 overall and 3-5 in NSIC action, travel to Sartell, Minn. tomorrow for a league match up with Minnesota State University, Mankato. The match is set for an 11 a.m. start at Revolution Tennis 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).