GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The Bemidji State University tennis team finished a three-match Feb. 15-17 road trip though North Dakota without a win Monday as the team dropped a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference matches in Bismarck, N.D. and was defeated by NCAA Division I University of North Dakota.
The Beavers move to 4-6 in 2020 and 2-4 in NSIC play.
“Everyone played very well against great competition this weekend,” commented Head Coach Kyle Fodness. “We are going to get back to work and reload for two big conference matches against Southwest Minnesota State and Minnesota State, Mankato next weekend. We are looking forward to being fully healthy and playing our best tennis in the next two weeks before our break in March.”
BSU opened the weekend with a late-night 5-2 loss to MSU Moorhead Friday.
The Dragons opened the match by sweeping BSU duos to take the doubles points and a 1-0 advantage into singles action. The Beavers posted singles victories on the No. 3 and No. 5 courts, but it was not enough to earn the league win. Senior Brooke Mimmack returned from injury to earn a win in the No. 3 spot. After falling 6-4 in the opening set, she battled back to gain a 6-0 win in the second and won the tie-breaker 10-5. Sophomore Laney Rutkowski continued her success in 2020 posting a straight sets (6-0, 6-2) win at No. 5 singles.
Sunday, BSU again fund itself in a 1-0 hole after being swept in doubles play but the team would split singles matches, including a pair of tie-break victories, but would come up just short to the University of Mary, 4-3.
Senior Hannah Alme opened singles play with a 6-4, 7-5 win in the No. 2 singles match. Rutkowski was again on the victorious side of a match, battling back to claim her team-best singles seventh victory of the season. After posting a 6-4 win in the first set, she dropped the second set, 6-2, before claiming the win in the tie-breaker. Freshman Maggie Richardson battled out of a 6-4 loss in set one to claim the second set, 6-4, and then earn a match victory in the tie-break to finish BSU’s scoring.
The Beavers ran into a tough North Dakota team, Monday. The Division I opponent swept the Beavers in doubles play before posting straight sets victories across the board in singles play to complete the sweep, 7-0.
Next, BSU travels to Mankato, Minn. for a pair of league matches. The Beavers will face Southwest Minnesota State University at 6 p.m. Saturday and Minnesota State University, Mankato at 1 p.m. Sunday.