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SMSU TENNIS: SMSU to face UMary in quarterfinals of NSIC Tournament today

MARSHALL — The Southwest Minnesota State University women’s tennis team (8-7) will compete today and Saturday at the eight-team Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament inside Huether Family Match Pointe in Sioux Falls, S.D.

SMSU, which tied for third place in the NSIC regular season standings with an 8-3 record, will be the No. 5 seed in the tournament and will open with No. 4 UMary (8-3) today starting at 4:30 p.m. If SMSU wins, they will advance to the semifinals on Saturday with an 8 a.m. match versus either No. 1 seed Augustana or No. 8 seed Bemidji State. The championship match is slated for 12 p.m. on Saturday.

Augustana has won the last nine NSIC Tournament championships and have won 25 consecutive NSIC Tournament matches.

NSIC Tournament history

•SMSU qualified for the 2019 NSIC Tournament (the 2020 tournament was canceled) as the No. 8 seed and lost 4-0 to No. 1 seed Augustana. It was the first time SMSU qualified for the tournament since the 2010 season.

Series history vs. UMary

•SMSU and UMary meet for the 16h time with UMary holding a 11-4 advantage in a series that started in 1995.

•UMary has won the last 10 meetings, including 4-3 earlier this season in Owatonna, Minn.

•SMSU’s last victory in the series came during the 2011 season.

SMSU court notes

•SMSU split a pair of NSIC matches to close the regular season last week in Sioux Falls, losing to Augustana, 7-0, before earning a 5-2 win over Sioux Falls.

•Maegan Flight lost in three sets to Augustana at No. 1 singles, but rebounded to win versus USF. Flight finished the NSIC season with a record of 9-1 in NSIC matches.

•Maja Louisa Harck finished 9-1 in singles play during the NSIC season. She played a majority at No. 5 singles, but also had victories at No. 3 and No. 4.

•Courtenay Leonard, Cora Delich, and Gwendolen Sior all finished NSIC action with six victories in singles play.

•Harck and Leonard both have a team-high seven victories in doubles play with the duo combining to win five in conference matches.

— Content courtesy of SMSU Athletic Communications

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