Tennis finishes off regular season strong
The Minnesota State Maverick women’s tennis team took care of business April 9 and 10 as they dominated Bemidji State University and the University of Minnesota, Crookston.
Saturday the Mavs were in Owatonna, Minnesota to take on the Beavers. The purple and gold completed the day defeating BSU 7-2 with help from several different Mavericks. With the win the women captured their sixth NSIC victory and the Beavers dropped to 10-5 overall and 5-5 in NSIC play.
The dual against the Beavers started with three doubles matches. The Mavericks captured two out of the three. The number one doubles team consisted of MSU junior Melissa Mashburn and freshman Erin Streeter, they completed their win 8-5. The number two doubles team for MSU was sophomore Killian Doran and senior Sarah McCann. They also won their match 8-5.
There were six single matches played between the Mavericks and the Beavers, the purple and gold record five wins. McCann was the only singles match to lose, falling to Zoe Lindgren of BSU 3-6, 2-6. Mashburn won 6-2 and 6-1 against the number one ranked Beaver Shaylin Prout. Streeter won her third straight singles match over number two ranked opponents. She defeated Deanie Hatch 7-5 and 6-4. Doran also continued her season success by beating BSU’s Morgan Opp 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (10-7). MSU sophomore Lisa Dobbelaere inched out the win 4-6, 6-4 and 1-0 (10-5) over Claudia Bellew and junior Katie Salinda captured her first singles victory with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Justine Scheller.
In the last regular season dual for MSU, they easily defeated Minnesota Crookston 9-0. The win gives the Mavericks an overall record 9-8 and 7-4 in NSIC play. They handed Crookston their final loss of the season for a 0-14 and 0-10 in NSIC play for the Golden Eagles.
The Mavericks started off their Sunday dual against the Golden Eagles with three doubles victories. Doran and McCann shutout their opponents 8-0 in the number two doubles match of the day. Dobbelaere and junior Abby Schmidt followed in Doran and McCann’s footsteps as they defeated the number three Crookston doubles team 8-0 as well. Finally, Mashburn and Streeter closed out the regular season doubles matches with an 8-2 victory in the number one singles match.
Continuing their hot streak, the purple and gold won all six singles matches against the Golden Eagles. Doran, Dobbelaere, Salinda and Streeter all won their singles matches 6-0, 6-0. McCann played the number four singles match and beat Reanne Erickson 6-1, 6-0. Mashburn struggled at the beginning of her match but was able to capture the win 1-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-3).
As the regular season comes to an end for the Maverick women they can be proud of their steady record. Doran and Streeter finished the regular singles match season leading the team 12-5, followed by Dobbelaere with an 8-9 overall record. The combination of Mashburn and Streeter proved to be the most successful for the Maverick doubles matches as they finished 11-4.
The first round of the NSIC tournament starts April 23 in Minnetonka, Minnesota. The Maverick’s first opponent has not been decided yet.