SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Match Pointe) -- Defending champion Augustana University handed Bemidji State University a 4-0 loss to end its 2021 season in the quarterfinal round of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tennis Tournament Friday afternoon.
Top-seeded Augustana piled up its 26th consecutive NSIC Tennis Tournament victory as it defeated the eighth seed, Bemidji State, 4-0 to open league tournament play. The Vikings advance to take on Southwest Minnesota State University in the semifinal round tomorrow at 8 a.m.
Augustana has won the last nine NSIC Tournament titles.
The Vikings opened play taking the doubles point. AU's top tandem handed BSU’s No. 1 pair, Sophie Groen and Shaelyn Johnson a 6-1 loss before Bemidji State’s team of Hannah Peterson and Laney Rutkowski dropped the No. 3 doubles match 6-2. The No. 2 doubles match was abandoned as soon as the Vikings clinched the doubles point with their second doubles win.
Augustana opened singles play needing just three points to earn the victory best-of-seven match format. Aleksandr Kistanova posted a straight sets win (6-0, 6-0) over Rutkowski in the No. 5 singles match. BSU’s Johnson was defeated by Flore Hadjigeorgiou in the No. 2 singles match (6-0, 6-1), and Maggie Richardson dropped the No. 6 singles match (6-0, 6-0) to Rebecca Faulkner.
Groen, Claudie Billand and Peterson left their matches unfinished on the No. 1, 3 and 4 courts, respectively, once the Vikings earned the match victory.
The Beavers finished the season 4-8 after making their fifth straight appearance in the NSIC Tournament.
The end of the 2021 season also brings Peterson's BSU tennis career to an end. The three-time Academic All-NSIC recipient and team captain finished her senior season with a 4-7 record as BSU's primary No. 4 singles player, while she teamed up with Rutkowski and Isabela Nelson to go 6-6 in doubles play.
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).