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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Golden Eagles finish regular season on very high note

  • UMC won its final 2 matches of the regular season.
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  • The Golden Eagles women's tennis team wrapped up its regular season this weekend by going 2-1, beating Bemidji State 9-0 and Southwest Minnesota State 6-3, at Choice Health & Fitness in Grand Forks.
     
    Minnesota Crookston lost 5-4 to MSU Moorhead on Friday but bounced back Saturday to finish the season on a high note with a 3-12 overall record and 2-10 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
     
    The three wins for the Golden Eagles is the most since UMC won four matches during the 2011 season.
     
    UMC vs. MSUM
    In doubles, UMC was able to take two of the three matches to take an early 2-1 advantage over the Dragons. At the No. 1 slot, Katelyn Johnson (Jr., Monticello, Minn.) and Catherine Brown (Fr., Powell Butte, Ore.) upended Morgan Smith and Cassie Smith 8-3 for their fourth doubles win of the year. At No. 2 doubles, Amanda Pihlaja (Sr., Duluth, Minn.) and Holly Roepke (Sr., Osage, Minn.) defeated Jenna Galstad and Jaime LaCoursiere 8-5 to improve to 5-8 on the season. At the No. 3 spot, MSU Moorhead’s Kaitlin McNary and Kaitlyn Emerson took a highly contested match against Casey Paris (Jr., Fairmont, Minn.) and Amanda Newman (Jr., Rosemount, Minn.) 9-8.
     
    In singles, the Golden Eagles were able to take two matches which proved to be one match short of what they needed for the victory. At No. 1 singles, the Dragons’ Galstad defeated Roepke 6-0, 6-1. At the No. 2 spot, Johnson upended Morgan Smith, 7-5, 6-0 to improve to 5-8 on the year. At the No. 3 slot, Brown defeated Ashley Wood, 6-0, 6-4 to improve to 6-7 on the season. At No. 4 singles, Pihlaja went three sets with Cassie Smith but ultimately fell 6-1, 4-6, 8-10. At the No. 5 slot, LaCoursiere defeated Paris 6-3, 6-2. At the No. 6 spot, MSU Moorhead’s Emerson defeated Newman 6-2, 6-1.
    UMC vs. BSU
    The Golden Eagles started their first match of Saturday by sweeping the doubles portion of the match 3-0. At No. 1 doubles Katelyn Johnson (Jr., Monticello, Minn.) and Catherine Brown (Fr., Powell Butte, Ore.) picked up their second doubles win of the weekend by defeating Caley Westin and Meg Hafdahl 8-5. At the No. 2 spot, UMC’s pair of seniors Amanda Pihlaja (Duluth, Minn.) and Holly Roepke (Osage, Minn.) picked up their second victory of the weekend as the upended Evan Kolberg and Nikki Hedtke 8-5. The Golden Eagles won at No. 3 doubles due to an injury to one of the BSU netters.
     
    The Golden Eagles won at No. 5 and No. 6 singles due to default since BSU didn’t have enough players due to injury. In singles, Johnson started things out by defeating Hafdahl 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 1 slot to improve to 6-8 on the season. Brown moved the score to 7-0 for the match as the upended Hedtke 6-0, 6-0 to improve her season mark to 7-7 on the season. At No. 1 singles, Roepke defeated Westin 6-4, 6-1. Pihlaja rounded things out by defeating Kolberg 6-4, 6-1.
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    UMC vs. SMSU
    In the second match of the day as UMC took on Southwest Minnesota State, Johnson and Brown made it a 3-0 weekend as they took down Katie Kienitz and Crystal Overbaugh 8-5. At the No. 2 slot, Pihlaja and Roepke also moved to 3-0 on the weekend as they defeated Shelby Monahan and Hannah Hagen 8-2. At No. 3 doubles, the Mustangs’ Samantha Ritter and Allison Niedert defeated Casey Paris (Jr., Fairmont, Minn.) and Amanda Newman (Jr., Rosemount, Minn.), 8-4.
     
    In singles, Roepke won at No. 1 singles over Kienitz, 6-3, 6-1. At the No. 2 spot, Johnson made it a 3-0 weekend in singles as she defeated Monahan 6-0, 6-0 to improve to 7-8 in singles on the year. At the No. 3 spot, Brown also made it a sweep on the weekend as she defeated Overbaugh 6-2, 6-1. At No. 4 singles, Pihlaja defeated Hagen, 6-0, 6-3. At the No. 5 slot, SMSU’s Ritter defeated Paris in three sets, 6-1, 0-6, 10-8. At No. 6 singles, Kayla Uphus upended Newman, 6-1, 6-1.
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