The Bemidji State University tennis team will host University of Minnesota Crookston, Wednesday, before taking a weekend trip to Sioux Falls, S.D. for two matches. The match Wednesday begins at 5 p.m. in the Gillett Wellness Center. The Beavers will play University of Sioux Falls at 7 p.m. Saturday and Augustana University 9 a.m. Sunday.
The Beavers are coming off of a 5-2 victory over St. Cloud State University in the first match of the Spring 2020 season. BSU took the doubles point from wins in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots. In singles play, Hannah Alme clinched a point with a 7-5, 1-6 (1-0) win in the No. 2 spot. Hannah Peterson and Laney Rutkowski added to the points with victories on the No. 4 and No. 5 courts. Freshman Maggie Richardson fought hard for her first collegiate win in a tie breaker at No. 6, 6-6 (7-2), 6-6 (5-7), (1-0).
Last season, BSU swept UMC, 7-0, in both home matches. In the most recent matchup, BSU took the early lead by sweeping doubles play and earning the first point. The Beavers did not drop a single game in singles play as well.
UMC begins its spring season with this trip to Bemidji, Wednesday. This weekend the Golden Eagles will also be making a trip to Sioux Falls, S.D. to take on Augustana, Saturday, and Sioux Falls, Sunday.
In 2019, BSU hosted USF and AU, when they fell 4-1 and 4-0, respectively. Against Sioux Falls, the Cougars took the doubles point with wins in the No. 1 and No. 3 spots. With two unfinished matches, the Beavers fell in singles play, 3-1, with their single point coming from Hannah Alme’s No. 3 spot win, 6-4, 6-1.
Augustana took the win in a short match Feb. 17, 2019. AU won doubles competition and wins in the No. 2-4 singles spots to sweep BSU 4-0. Augustana continued to go 19-3 on the season with a trip to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament and the Central Regional.
USF begins its season with its match against BSU while AU is currently 3-0 in the 2020 season. The Vikings begin NSIC play versus UMC Saturday in Sioux Falls.
The match Wednesday begins at 5 p.m. in the Gillett Wellness Center on the BSU campus. Matches are free to the public.