GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Choice Health and Fitness) -- The Bemidji State University tennis team split a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference matches Sunday. After sweeping Minnesota State University, Mankato, 7-0, the Beavers were edged by Southwest Minnesota State, 4-3.
Led by a 4-0 weekend of play for BSU newcomer Shaelyn Johnson, the Beavers opened the neutral-site day of play with a 7-0 victory over Minnesota State. BSU jumped out to a 1-0 lead taking all three doubles matches. The BSU dominance continued into singles action. Each of BSU’s singles players earned straight sets victories, which included a 6-3, 6-1 win in the No. 2 slot by Johnson and a 6-0, 6-2 win in the No. 3 singles position by fellow BSU newcomer Claudie Billand.
The sweep allowed the Beavers to even their season record to 2-2 and marks the third consecutive meeting that BSU has shut out the Mavericks.
In the afternoon match, BSU went head-to-head with an undefeated SMSU team. The Beavers managed to pull off claiming the doubles point after the team of Sophie Groen and Johnson posted a 6-1 win in the No. 1 doubles match and Isabela Nelson and Hannah Peterson battled long and hard to take the No. 3 match, 7-5.
Owning a 1-0 lead as singles play got underway, Johnson posted a 6-4, 7-6 win in the No. 2 singles match and Billand followed suit in the No. 3 position, 6-4, 6-1, but that was all the Beavers could manage as the Mustangs earned wins at No. 1, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 to clinch the match victory, 4-3, and improve to 4-0 on the season.
The Beavers, now 2-3 overall and 2-3 in NSIC play, will travel to Winona, Minn. next weekend to face Upper Iowa University and Winona State University in NSIC action. The Beavers open the weekend with a 3 p.m. contests versus UIU Saturday before facing WSU on it home courts at 12 p.m. Sunday.
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).