BSU Tennis picks up two wins in fall doubleheader

BSU Tennis picks up two wins in fall doubleheader
Saturday, September 4, 2021
BSU Tennis picks up two wins in fall doubleheader

BEMIDJI, Minn. (BHS Courts) -- The Bemidji State University tennis team opened its fall season with a pair of 9-0 victories Saturday at the Bemidji High School Courts.  After a non-conference sweep of University of Wisconsin-River Falls in morning play, BSU posted a 9-0 win over Concordia College in the afternoon match.

Sophomore Shaelyn Johnson got the Beavers on the board early versus Wisconsin-River Falls. She posted a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 2 singles to kickstart the singles sweep. Newcomers Nicoleta Anestiati (6-1, 6-2) and Amber Schneider (6-0, 6-2) followed suit in the No. 3 and No. 4 singles matches. Sophie Groen recorded the first of her four wins on the day, 6-3, 6-3 in the top singles match, tipping the match in BSU's favor, 5-0, before Laney Rutkowski and Taylor Offerdahl wrapped up singles play with 6-4, 6-4 and 6-1, 6-1 straight-sets victories at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively.

Groen and Johnson, BSU's top doubles pair from a year ago, teamed up again to open the season with a 8-0 victory on the No. 1 doubles court. The duo was followed by an 8-1 victory by freshman and Bemidji native Lexi Leitner and Bela Nelson in the No. 3 doubles match. Anestiati and Anri Sakakibara combined to form BSU's No. 2 doubles pair and earned an 8-4 win to complete the 9-0 victory.

The Beavers were equally dominant in the nightcap despite dealing with some slight rain delays.

BSU's doubles teams pushed the Beavers out in front 3-0 over Concordia. Anestiati and Sakakibara collected their second doubles win posting an 8-0 victory at No. 2 doubles. Nelson and Schneider recorded an 8-1 win on the No. 3 court before BSU's top pair of Groen and Johnson finished doubles play with an 8-3 win.

Anestiati got singles play underway with a straight sets (6-1, 6-1) victory at No. 3 singles. Rutkowski blanked the Cobbers' No. 6 singles player 6-0, 6-0 to give the Beavers the fifth point in the match, earn the team win and officially improve to 2-0 on the season. Johnson (6-4, 6-2) and Groen (7-5, 6-3) continued with wins on the No. 2 and No. 1 courts, respectively. Schneider (6-4, 6-0) at No. 4 and Sakakibara (6-1, 6-4) at No. 5 closed out the match with wins to bring the final score to 9-0.

Now 2-0 on the 2021-22 season, BSU may add another non-conference match or two before packing it up for the fall. Traditionally, the Beavers open championship season play in February.