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WOMEN'S TENNIS STARTS OFF 2012 WITH 2-1 RECORD
Thursday, February 9, 2012
The University of Minnesota Duluth women's tennis team opened up their season in St. Peter, Minn. last weekend (Feb. 4-5) and came away with a 2-1 overall record and 0-1 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play.
The Bulldogs first match of 2012 was nothing short of perfect, as they swept Bethany Lutheran College (Mankato, Minn.) 9-0 on Sat. Feb 4. UMD went 5-0 in singles play, receiving victories from No. 1 senior Katie Bolf (6-1, 6-1), No. 2 junior Brittany Thompson (6-1, 6-2), No. 3 senior Jessica Stensrud (6-1, 6-2), No. 4 sophomore Kelsey Cunningham (6-3, 6-0), No. 5 freshman Kara Saemann (6-0, 7-5), and No. 6 Alyssa Brunelli (6-0, 6-0).
The pairs of No. 1 Bolf/Thompson (8-2), No. 2 Stensrud/Cunningham (8-6) and No. 3 Saemann/Brunelli (8-6) also defeated the Vikings in doubles play.
In their second non-conference match, the Bulldogs came away with another victory, defeating the University of Sioux Falls 7-2 on Sat. Feb 4. Bolf put UMD ahead at the No. 1 singles spot, defeating USF's Rachel Hussey (6-1, 6-1). Thompson fought to keep the Bulldogs undefeated at the No. 2 spot and came away with a victory over Cougar Karlee Sieve (2-6, 6-2 (10-6)). No. 3 Saemann fell to Sioux Falls' Morgan DeLange (2-6, 0-6), No. 4 Brunelli and No. 5 Stensud defeated their Cougar opponents (6-1, 6-1 & 6-4, 6-2, respectively).
In doubles play, UMD's No. 1 duo of Bolf/Thompson edged out a 8-6 victory over Sieve/Delange, while Saimann/Brunelli was handed the first doubles loss of the season in the No. 2 spot over USF's Hussey/Iverson.
The No. 6 singles and the No. 3 doubles matches resulted in forefits, resulting in the Bulldogs' 7-2 decision.
The Bulldogs finished out the weekend on a bit of a sour note, falling 3-6 to NSIC rival Minnesota State University-Mankato on Sun. Feb 5. UMD's lone single's victory came at the No. 1 slot from Bolf, whose match against Maverick Kathryn Gavin resulted in a tiebreaker (0-6, 6-2, (10-8)).
Bolf earned another win, this time with Thompson by her side in the No. 1 doubles spot, earning an 8-1 victory over MSU's Gavin/Bakke pairing. UMD's Brunelli/Saemann contributed another win for the Bulldogs, defeating May/Robb 8-6 in the No. 3 doubles slot.
UMD continues on the road this weekend as they travel to St. Cloud, Minn. to play Bethel College and NSIC foe St. Cloud State University on Saturday, Feb. 11. Match times start at 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.
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