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Bemidji St. tennis team drops three NSIC matches

BISMARK, N.D. – The Bemidji State University tennis team dropped three Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference matches during a weekend road trip to Bismarck.

The Beavers opened the weekend with a 9-0 loss to Northern State early Saturday.

The Wolves put the Beavers down 3-0 early, sweeping the doubles matches. Caley Westin and Meg Hafdahl were defeated 8-1 in the No. 1 singles spot, Nicci Hedtke and Jessica Dulz dropped the No. 2 doubles pairing 8-3 and Carlie Loeks and Carmen Backowski fell at No. 3 doubles 8-2.

In singles play, Deanie Hatch needed three sets to defeat Westin at the No. 1 slot (5-7, 6-2, 10-3), before the rest of BSU’s singles players were defeated in straight sets, which included a forfeit due to injury by Backowski at No. 6 singles.

BSU finished the day with an 8-1 loss to MSU Moorhead.

The Dragons swept all three doubles matches to take a 3-0 lead into singles play.

Moorhead increased its lead to 6-0 when Westin, Hafdahl and Hedtke lost their singles matches in straight sets. Bemidji State gained a point when Loeks posted the first win of her collegiate career 6-2, 1-6, 10-7 at No. 5 singles. Both Dulz and Backowski were forced to forfeit due to injury and Moorhead finished with the 8-1 win.

Bemidji State wrapped up the weekend with an 8-1 loss to U-Mary.

The Marauders took points at all three doubles matches, but not without trouble. Westin and Hafdahl took Sarah Janes and Kate O’Connell to 9-7 before falling in the No. 1 doubles match, while Backowski and Loeks dropped the No. 3 doubles match 8-5.

BSU lost its No. 1, No. 2 and No. 5 match ups in straight sets as singles play got underway. Hedtke and Dulz each pushed their opponent to an extra set, with Hedtke earning a 6-1, 3-6, 10-4 victory in the No. 3 spot, while Dulz dropped her tie-breaker to fall 3-6, 6-1, 10-5 at No. 4 singles. At No. 6 singles, U-Mary’s Stephanie Gerriets defeated Backowski, 6-0 in the first set before the BSU newcomer was forced to retire due to injury.

BSU, which is now 0-8 on the season and 0-7 in league play, returns to action March 23 when it travels to St. Cloud to face Augustana and St. Cloud.


MANKATO –Taylor Sautbine set a new school record in the 60-meter dash to finish seventh and Jessica Cagle took fourth in the shot put to lead the Bemidji State University track and field team at the NSIC indoor championships over the weekend here.

Sautbine shattered the BSU 60-meter record Friday in the preliminary round of the race. Her time of 7.88 seconds qualified her seventh for the finals of the event and shaved .09 from Kristi Buerkle’s 2011 school mark. Saturday she posted a 7.94 and placed seventh.

Cagle, who is already provisionally qualified for the 2013 NCAA Championships, took fourth in the shot put with a throw of 45 feet, 4.5 inches.

The Beavers’ distance medley relay team of Mackenzie Haupert, Sautbine, Nicole Crummy and Tina Larson also claimed a team point with an eight-place finish in a time of 13:19.66.

The Beavers places 10th in the 13-team meet, collecting 11 points. The University of Mary claimed its third consecutive NSIC team Women’s team title with 185 points while Winona State University took runner up honors with 130 points.

The outdoor portion of the 2013 track and field campaign begins April 6 at the Hamline Invitational in St. Paul.

NSIC Women’s Track

Mary 185, Winona 130, Sioux Falls 92, UMD 85, Minnesota St. 83, Augustana 54, Wayne 39, St. Cloud 28, Moorhead 27, BSU 11, Northern 4, Concordia-SP 2, Minot 1

BSU’s Results

60 dash: 7-Taylor Sautbine, 7.94

200: 20-Taylor Sautbine, 27.06; 21-Sara Melom 27.13; 28-Tia Lindberg 28.04

600: 15-MacKenzie Haupert 1:41.0

800: 10-Nicole Crummy 2:29.85; 12-Kasey Lasch 2:39.32

1,000: 13-Tina Larson 3:08.11; 16-Sammie Taube 3:39.76

3,000: 17-Jolyne Denman 12:09.01

60 hurdles: 23-Ashley Larva 9.56; 29-Nikki Anderson 9.92; 32-Carley Schwint 11.07

4x400: 10-BSU 4:07.15

Distance medley relay: 8-BSU 13:19.66

High jump: 10-Sara Melom 5-0.25

Pole vault: 18-Chelsea Borwege 10-6.25; 24-Austyn Eng 10-0.5; 26-Hailey Horob 9-6.5

Shot put: 4-Jessica Cagle 45-4.5; 17-Ciara Brewster 33-8.5

Weightthrow: 27-Ciara Brewster 34-9.75

Pentathlon: 6-Taylor Sautbine 3,134; 16-Sara Melom 2,810