ST. CLOUD, Minn. (CSB Tennis Courts) -- The Bemidji State University tennis team split a pair of matches Saturday, both starting and finishing its fall competition schedule in St. Cloud, Minn. The Beavers opened the day with a 7-0 victory over the University of Wisconsin-Stout before a 5-2 loss to the host, the College of St. Benedict.
In his collegiate coaching debut, Kyle Fodness lead the Beavers to a 7-0 victory in the opening match of the 2020 season. The Beavers jumped out to a 1-0 start winning two of the three doubles matches. In the number two match, the pair of Brooke Mimmack and Hannah Alme pulled out an 8-3 victory, while Hannah Peterson and Maggie Richardson posted an 8-4 victory in the number three slot.
BSU made a clean sweep of singles play, winning all six matches, including straight-sets wins at numbers one, three, four, five and six. After winning the first set of her number two singles match, 7-6 (7-4) in a tie break, Alme was defeated, 6-3, in the second set. She prevailed to collect her first victory of 2020 winning the third set tie-breaker, 10-4.
In the second match of the day, St. Ben's earned the doubles point with wins at all three matches. Playing up to the number one doubles spot, Mimmack and Alme pushed their match to a tie-breaker, but lost the match 8-7 (9-7).
As singles play got underway, the Beavers mounted a comeback picking up wins in the number one and two matches. Ariadna Lopez-Simo was a straight-sets, 6-5 and 6-5, winner in the top spot, while Alme was again locked in a marathon battle in the number two singles match. The senior won the first set, 6-4, before dropping the second set by the same score but battled back to gain the tie-breaker, 10-7. That was all the team scoring BSU would manage as the Bennies completed the match by earning wins in the number, three, four, five and six spots.
The day of competition was the Beavers’ only formal competition of the off season, but count towards the team’s 2020 record. BSU will officially kick off the 2020 campaign at the University of North Dakota Feb. 2.
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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).