GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The Bemidji State University tennis team traveled to Grand Forks, N.D. Saturday for a pair of NSIC match-ups March 29, but failed to finish the day with a win. The Beavers dropped a tight match to University of Mary, 5-4, and then lost, 7-2, to Minnesota State University-Moorhead later in the day.
BSU opened the weekend of competition in a hole as they lost two of three doubles matches. The team of Shaylin Prout and Deanie Hatch gained a point at No. 1 doubles, defeating Sarah Janes and Catherine Gibbens, 8-6, to lead BSU into singles play trailing 2-1.
The Beavers came charging back as singles play got underway, getting wins from Shaylin Prout out of the No. 1 position (5-4, retire), Deanie Hatch (7-6, 3-6, 10-3) and Rachel Franklin (6-3, 6-2). U-Mary’s Meredith Holt gained a No. 3 singles win over Carly Westin in a tie break (6-3, 3-6, 12-10). Anastasia Bruss, in the No. 4 singles position, pulled out a win over BSU’s Claudia Bellew (6-1, 6-2), while Courtney Brackin won at No. 6 over Justine Scheller (6-4, 6-3) to lead U-Mary to a 5-4 victory.
Later in the day the Beavers ran into more trouble as they faced MSUM. BSU started the match out fairly strong, earning two doubles points, with victories from the No. 1 team of Prout and Hatch (8-4) and No. 2 Westin and Franklin (8-5). The Beavers’ lead failed to last as they lost all six singles matches and dropped the match 7-2
Bemidji State women’s tennis 0-2 so far this weekend look to gain a win over University of Minnesota Crookston to end the weekend on a high note. BSU faces UMC at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow.
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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).