The Golden Eagles won two matches against Upper Iowa, but lost both matches as a team.

GRAND FORKS, N.D.– The University of Minnesota Crookston tennis program fell 9-0 to Winona State University Sat., Feb. 10 at Choice Health & Fitness in Grand Forks, N.D. Minnesota Crookston showed improvement from their first match but they still came up short against the Warriors Saturday.

    The Golden Eagles fall to 0-2 on the season. The Warriors improve to 2-2 with Saturday’s win.

    At No. 1 singles, Whitney Erickson (Sr., Spring Valley, Minn.) and Reanne Erickson (Jr., Fargo, N.D.) were able to take a game off Justine Daane and Kaisey Skibba, but they fell 8-1. At the No. 2 slot, Hanna Ruckheim (So., Parkers Prairie, Minn.) and Adrianna Tiede (So., LeCenter, Minn.) were able to take a game off Rachel Gantz and Kendra Kappes, but they fell 8-1.

    At the No. 3 spot, Tayla Card and Kali Hackmann picked up an 8-0 victory over Tori Koch (Jr., Bemidji, Minn.) and Karli Renney (Fr., Detroit Lakes, Minn.).

    In singles, Whitney Erickson competed hard in set one as she took two games off Skibba. However, she lost in the match 6-2, 6-0. At the No. 2 spot, Reanne Erickson fell 6-0, 6-0 to Gantz.

    Tiede was able to take two games from Daane but dropped the match 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 singles. At the No. 4 spot, Ruckheim was upended 6-0, 6-0 by Kappes. At No. 5 singles, Card defeated Koch, 6-0, 6-0. At the No. 6 slot, Hackmann bested Renney, 6-0, 6-0.

    The next day, Minnesota Crookston fell 7-2 to Upper Iowa University.

    The Golden Eagles fall to 0-3 on the season with Sunday’s loss. Upper Iowa sits at 1-3 on the season after Sunday’s victory.

    Minnesota Crookston continued to improve and were able to take several games. In doubles, the pair of Whitney Erickson (Sr., Spring Valley, Minn.) and Reanne Erickson (Jr., Fargo, N.D.) took two games off Shakhnaza Zhanatova and Anna Okolot, but came up short  8-2. In the No. 2 slot, Hanna Ruckheim (So., Parkers Prairie, Minn.) and Adrianna Tiede (So., LeCenter, Minn.) took a game from Lavanya Singh and Lara Peco, but dropped the match 8-1. At No. 3 doubles, Tori Koch (Jr., Bemidji, Minn.) and Karli Renney (Fr., Detroit Lakes, Minn.) won by forfeit.

    In singles, Whitney Erickson took two games in the second set, but dropped the match 6-0, 6-2 to Zhanatova. At the No. 2 spot, Reanne Erickson took one game from Okolot, but fell 6-0, 6-1.

    Ruckheim played well for the Golden Eagles at No. 3 singles. The sophomore took a pair of games in both sets in a 6-2, 6-2 loss to Singh. At No. 4 singles, Tiede competed well and took three games as she fell 6-1, 6-2 to Peco.

    At the No. 5 spot, Koch won three games in a 6-1, 6-2 loss to Brianna Heichert. Renney picked up the win by forfeit at the No. 6 slot for UMC.

    Minnesota Crookston returns to action Feb. 17 at St. Cloud State University at 9 a.m. in Bemidji.