Augustana blanks Bemidji State for 50th consecutive conference win
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Augustana (S.D.)'s reign over the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference reached a new height on Sunday when the Vikings defeated Bemidji State 9-0 for their 50th consecutive regular-season conference win.
The Vikings (15-1, 7-0 NSIC) have won the past four regular-season NSIC titles without losing and have opened the 2014 season on a seven-match win streak to reach the half-century mark. The Beavers (4-5, 2-4 NSIC) lost their sixth consecutive match to Augustana -- fifth consecutive in 9-0 fashion -- and their second consecutive match overall.
Augustana opened the match with a doubles sweep which paved the way for their sixth consecutive win after they dropped their only match of the season in Puerto Rico. Ranked second in the Central Region, Katie Jesperson and Jessa Richards rolled to an 8-1 win at the top doubles flight.
Christine Olivo and Heather Sullivan followed suit with an 8-2 win in the No. 2 doubles contest then Jenna Helleberg and Meredith Lawrence completed the doubles sweep with an 8-1 win at No. 3 doubles.
The Vikings were equally dominant in the singles matches, taking all six and allowing the Beavers to win just three total games in 12 sets played. Jesperson notched her third 6-0, 6-0 win of the year at the top singles flight.
Olivo moved up to the No. 2 singles spot nearly shut her opponent out, winning 6-1, 6-0. At No. 3 singles, Lawrence collected a 6-1, 6-0 win and Sullivan blanked her opponent 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 4 spot.
Liz Lewis allowed her BSU counterpart to just one game in the first set before holding her scoreless in the second for a 6-1, 6-0 victory. Jessica Spalding put the finishing touches on the Viking sweep with the third 6-0, 6-0 win of the day.