Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • UMC Tennis swept by NSIC foes

  • UMC now has a mark of 1-11 (0-9 NSIC) record.
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  • The Minnesota Crookston women’s tennis team lost a pair of matches Saturday in Sartell, Minn. The Golden Eagles opened the day by falling narrowly to University of Sioux Falls 5-4 and then closed out the day with a 8-1 loss to St. Cloud State University. UMC now has a mark of 1-11 (0-9 NSIC) record.
    In the first match Saturday against the Cougars, UMC started off the day by taking one of the three doubles matches as No. 2 double duo Amanda Pihlaja (Sr., Duluth, Minn.) and Holly Roepke (Sr., Osage, Minn.) defeated Stacey Beard and Karlee Sieve 8-5. The No. 1 duo of Catherine Brown (Fr., Powell Butte, Ore.) and Katelyn Johnson (Jr., Monticello, Minn.) played toe-to-toe with Alison Kauss and Molly Seigenthaler forcing a tiebreaker against the Sioux Falls pair. The Cougar duo would win 9-8 (8-6). At the No. 3 spot, Casey Paris (Jr., Fairmont, Minn.) and Amanda Newman (Jr., Rosemount, Minn.) fell 8-2 to Morgan DeLange and Julia Iversen.
    The Golden Eagles would make things interesting by winning three of the six singles matches but the one extra doubles point would help catapult the Cougars to the match victory. In singles, Roepke fell at the No. 1 spot to Kauss, 6-2, 6-2. At the No. 2 singles slot, Johnson upended Rachel Hussey, 6-2, 6-1 for her fourth singles win of the year. At No. 3 singles, Brown upended Beard, 6-1, 6-3 for her fourth singles victory of the season. At No. 4 singles, Seigenthaler defeated Pihlaja, 6-3, 6-1. At No. 5 singles, Paris picked up her second singles win of the year defeating Sieve 6-3, 2-6, 10-7. At the No. 6 slot, Newman fell to DeLange, 6-0, 6-0.
    In the second match of the day, St. Cloud State controlled play to win 8-1. The Huskies were able to take all three of the doubles contests. Johnson and Brown fell at the No. 1 slot to Cassandra Brown and Katie Kotschevar, 8-1. At No. 2 doubles, Roepke and Pihlaja fell to Maribelle Siegfried and Gabbie Pung, 8-4. At the No. 3 slot, Paris and Newman fell to Hanna Kantor and Tori Marlton, 8-2.
    In singles, Brown picked up the lone win of the match defeating Kantor, 7-6, 6-4, for her fifth singles win of the year. At No. 1 singles, Roepke fell to Kotschevar, 6-0, 6-0. At the No. 2 slot, Johnson was upended by Siegfried, 6-4, 1-6, 8-10. At No. 4 singles, Pihlaja fell to Pung, 6-2, 6-4. At the No. 5 slot, Paris dropped a match to Marlton, 6-0, 6-0. At No. 6 singles, Newman fell to Jordan Matson, 6-2, 6-0.
    The Golden Eagles will wrap up the regular season next weekend with three matches in Grand Forks, N.D. as UMC takes on Minnesota State University, Moorhead April 12, Bemidji State University April 13 and Southwest Minnesota State University April 14.
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