After weekend matches, Warrior tennis 8-1 in NSIC play, 13-5 overall


Kylie Bridenhagen/Winonan

The Winona State University women’s tennis team played with two matches in Fargo, N.D. against Minnesota State University, Moorhead on Saturday and Augustana Sunday.

Their third match against Bemidji in St. Cloud, Minn. was called off due to unplayable court conditions.

Before the weekend’s NSIC matches, the Warriors were quite successful after playing five matches on a spring break trip in San Francisco, Calif. They went 2-3 on this trip, shutting out both Holy Names University and Notre Dame.

The first games of the weekend were against Moorhead, in which the Warriors swept their competition 9-0. All doubles teams won their matches.

Erin Kappers and Hannah Potter went 8-0, as well as other doubles team consisting of Jessica Urban and Brianna Havelka. The third doubles team also won, 8-2.

In singles action, Laura Roesslein, Potter, Urban and Kappers all put up 6-0, 6-0 wins. Havelka went 6-0, 6-1 on her games, and Brittney Freund was 6-0, 6-2.

The next day, the team returned to action to play Augustana. Prior to this day, both Winona State and Augustana were undefeated in NSIC play, but the Warriors fell short, 7-2 to Augustana.

Kappers and Potter earned the only doubles win of the day after they defeated the number one doubles team, Katie Jesperson and Michelle Wadas of Augustana, 8-0.

Urban and Havelka were defeated 8-1, while the third Warrior doubles team of Lindstrand and Freund lost 8-2.

Freshman Havelka was the only Warrior to earn a point in singles competition. She posted 7-5, 0-6, 10-5.

Kappers lost her singles matchup 3-6, 6-3, 11-9. Urban went 6-1, 6-2 for the day. Potter was 4-6, 7-6(2), 10-4 on her singles play.

After going 6-4, 3-0, Lindstrand retired for the day.

“Personally, I have a winning record at singles and doubles,” Havelka said. “I am having a lot of fun playing here in Winona with a great team and am learning a lot.”

When asked what the biggest difference between competition from high school to college, she said, “In high school, each person plays one match against a team, whether singles or doubles, but not in college. I play both singles and doubles against one team.”

The Warriors are 13-5 overall, and 8-1 in NSIC play.

They will return to their scheduled play April 12 in Winona at the Winona Tennis Center, where they will take on St. Cloud State.

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