Beaver Fever Friday – Lexi Leitner – Tennis

Bemidji State looks to grab 8th place in NSIC during last matches of regular season

The Bemidji State tennis team heads to Fargo, N.D. this weekend to compete against University of Mary and Minnesota State University Moorhead for the final matches before the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament. The Beavers are currently 9th in the NSIC and hold a record of 3-6 in the NSIC.

Bemidji State needs to pass St. Cloud State University in the NSIC standings to be offered a spot in the 2022 NSIC Tournament. The Huskies are currently 4-5 in the conference and take on Minnesota State University Mankato on Friday and Southwest Minnesota State University on Sunday.

The Beavers are coming off a tough weekend in Sioux Falls, S.D. where they fell to University of Sioux Falls and No. 18 Augustana University. A pair of Beavers, Sophie Groen and Shaelyn Johnson, were able to find wins in both singles and doubles play versus the Cougars, but it wasn’t enough to pull enough points.

Last season, the Beavers lost 5-2 to the Dragons, pulling the first point of the day from a pair of doubles wins and the lone singles point from the No. 3 position. This was the Dragons first win of the 2021 season while BSU moved to 1-1 during the first road trip of the year.

BSU fell to Mary, 4-3, to close the first away match weekend of the 2021 season. Groen, Johnson, and senior Laney Rutkowski all earned points versus the Marauders in singles play, while the No. 1 doubles duo of Groen and Johnson were the lone BSU winners in doubles play.

The 2022 NSIC Tournament begins on Apr. 22 in Sioux Falls, S.D. with a three-match weekend to crown the NSIC Champions. In previous years, Augustana has taken home this title along with national rankings. The closest team behind Augustana is Winona State, who holds an 8-1 record in the NSIC and will give Augustana a battle for their title.