Minnesota, Crookston took several matches to third sets Friday but ultimately fell 8-1 to Northern State in Fargo, N.D. UMC falls to 0-2 on the season while Northern State improves to 3-2 overall.
UMC’s lone point came from a No. 2 singles victory that saw Katelyn Johnson (Jr., Monticello, Minn.) comeback after losing the first set 7-5 to Cayla Cordova to win the match with wins in the second and third set, 6-2, 16-14 respectively. At No. 3 singles, the Golden Eagles’ Catherine Brown (Fr., Powell Butte, Ore.) forced a third set with Jamie Golden after she fell 6-3 in the first set but bounced back with a 7-5 win in the second. However, Golden was able to take the third set 10-3 to pick up the win. At No. 4 singles, UMC’s Amanda Pihlaja (Jr., Duluth, Minn.) took the first set 6-4 but Jamie Voelker used back-to-back set wins, 6-0, 10-3 to get the victory. At No. 1 singles, Northern State’s Deanie Hatch defeated Holly Roepke (Sr., Osage, Minn.), 6-4, 6-3. At the No. 5 slot, NSU’s Cortnei Chance picked up a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Casey Paris (Jr., Fairmont, Minn.) while Valerie Robinson won 6-0, 6-0 over the Golden Eagles’ Emily Caldis (Fr., St. Paul, Minn.).
In doubles, Northern State took all three points. At the No. 1 spot Cordova and Voelker upended Johnson and Brown, 8-2. At the No. 2 doubles slot, Golden and Hatch picked up an 8-4 win over Pihlaja and Roepke, 8-4. While at the No. 3 doubles spot Mikela Kowatsch and Chance defeated Paris and Caldis, 8-0.
The Golden Eagles will return to action Feb. 22 as they head to Virginia, Minn. To face University of Minnesota Duluth. Feb. 23 UMC will take on Augustana College in Virginia, Minn.