BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University Tennis Head Coach Kyle Fodness has announced the commitments of Nicoleta Anestiadi and Amber Schneider to the Beaver tennis team. Anestiadi, a native of Spain and Schneider, who calls Canada home, brings the total number of international players on the BSU roster for four.
Anestiadi and Schneider join Lily Jones of Brainerd, Minn., Lexi Leitner of Bemidji, Minn., Anri Sakakibara of Hastings, Minn. as incoming freshman in 2021. Jones, Leitner and Sakakibara made their commitments to BSU early in the NCAA’s signing period.
All commitments are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
- Nicoleta Anestiadi (Puigcerdà, Spain / INS Pere Borrell)
Anestiadi comes to Bemidji State fromPuigcerdà, Girona in Spain… She played tennis for Jocs Florals at INS Pere Borrell, where she was a part of a Catalona League female junior team championship in 2019 and 2020.
Anestiadi plans to major in biochemistry while at BSU.
- Amber Schneider (Stonewall, Manitoba / Stonewall College Institute/University of Manitoba)
Schneider comes to Bemidji State after spending the 2018-19 academic year attending the University of Manitoba as a member of the Bisons’ track and field team before concentrating on her tennis game… As a trackster she was a member of a 4x400-meter relay team that finished second at the CanWest championships and was sixth in the 600-meter run. She also competed in the 4x800-meter relay at the Canada Interuniversity Sport (CIS) championships as a freshman… Prior to beginning her collegiate track and field career, Schneider was a four-sport at Stonewall College Institute… She participated in cross country, basketball, softball and track and field for the Rams… Schneider medaled in multiple Manitoba High School Athletic Association Provincial cross country meets and was named Stonewall’s Cross Country Athlete of the Year… On the hardwood, she was selected to the Manitoba High School Athletic Association all-star team and was again the Rams’ athlete of the year… She was voted as her team’s most valuable player and was selected to the prep softball all-star teams on several occasions as a pitcher for the Stonewall softball team… In addition, she was selected as the U12 and U16 softball player of the year and earned accolades as the MVP and top pitcher and the Canadian National Championships in 2016 and was a member of Team Manitoba at the Canada Games in 2015 and 2017, while she earned a silver medal in the 400-, 800-, and 4x400-meter relay and the MHSAA provincial championships in 2017-18 and was recognized as the athlete of the year on the track.
Schneider plans to major exercise science while at BSU.
The Beavers are coming off a 4-8 2021 season during which they qualified for their fifth straight appearance in the NSIC Tournament before being defeated in the quarterfinal round by 10-time conference tournament champion Augustana University, 4-0, April 23.
No entering his third year as head coach, Fodness returns seven student-athletes for the 2022 campaign, including captain Laney Rutkowski and the freshman duo of Sophie Groen and Shaelyn Johnson, who each gained All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Accolades as freshman last winter.
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).