Beavers sweep road weekend to even record

Beavers sweep road weekend to even record
Sunday, February 23, 2020
Beavers sweep road weekend to even record

OWATONNA, Minn. (West Hills Tennis Center) -- The Bemidji State University tennis team earned a 6-1 victory versus Southwest Minnesota State University and swept Minnesota State University, Mankato, 7-0, in Owatonna, Minn. to improve to 6-6 on the year and 4-4 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play, Feb. 22-23.

The Beavers opened the weekend with a 6-1 victory over Southwest Minnesota State. 

BSU opened the match strong earning wins in all three doubles matches to secure a 1-0 lead heading in to singles play. The pair of Brooke Mimmack and Laney Rutkowski shut the Mustangs out, 6-0, in the No. 2 doubles match, while BSU's top doubles team of Ariadna Lopez and Hammah Alme needed a tie-breaker to dispose of their SMSU opponents, 7-6 (1-0).

As singles play got underway, Mimmack kept the momentum in BSU's favor earning a straight-sets victory over her opponent on the No. 3 singles court. Alme added a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 2 before SMSU's Cora Delich handed BSU is first and only loss of the day at No. 1 singles. She defeated Lopez 6-2, 6-1 to pull the Mustangs to 3-1 in the match. But BSU freshman Maggie Richardson tipped the match in Bemidji State's favor with a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 6 singles. BSU would also get wins from Rutkowski (6-0, 6-0) and Hanna Peterson (6-2, 7-5) in the No. 5 and 4 matches, respectively.

Sunday, the Beavers dominated Minnesota State from start to finish.

Bemidji State got a 6-0 win from Rutkowski and Mimmack at No. 2 doubles (6-0) and Peterson and Sam Edlund in the third doubles match (6-3). Minnesota State would win the No. 1 doubles match, 6-4, but it was too little too late as the Beavers clinched a 1-0 lead for BSU winning two of the three in doubles play.

Rutkowski (6-0, 6-0) and Richardson (6-0, 6-1) got BSU out of the gates in singles play with straight-sets wins at No. 5 and No. 6 singles, respectively. Alme followed with a 6-1, 6-2 win on the No. 2 court to secure the team win for BSU by virtue of the fourth point. The Beavers would go on to get wins from Mimmack (6-2, 6-3) at No. 3, Lopez (6-2, 6-4) in the top singles match and a 6-2, 6-2 victory from Peterson at No. 4 to complete the 7-0 sweep.

“We had a really great team match today," said Head Coach Kyle Fodness. "Minnesota State, Mankato is a good team and very athletic. The team started a lot faster today than we did against Southwest Minnesota State. It was great to see the team refocus and reset and come out with such a strong performance throughout the entire singles lineup." He added, "This puts us in a great position going into next weekend and we want to make sure we keep the same energy against upper Iowa and Winona State."

The Beavers (6-6; 4-4 NSIC) will return to action Feb. 28-29 when they travel to Grand Forks, N.D. to meet Upper Iowa University and Winona State University. BSU will clash with the Peacocks at 3:30 p.m. Friday and will wrap the weekend of NSIC competition up with an 11:30 a.m. first serve versus Winona State University. Both matches will be played and Choice Health and Fitness.