The Buccaneer girls tennis team is off to a good start with a 2-1 record after last Tuesday’s Cannon Falls Tournament.
Blue Earth Area lost their first match to host Cannon Falls 5-2, but bounced back with a 5-2 win over Minneapolis Washburn and a 7-0 sweep of DeLaSalle.
In addition, the Bucs had two individual champions. No. 2 singles player Abby Nimz and No. 4 singles player Karli Olsen both were undefeated in all three of their matches, taking top honors.
The two Buccaneers gave BEA their only two wins in the match against Cannon Falls.
Nimz won two straight sets, 6-3, 6-3 over her opponent, Allie Serres.
Eighth grader Olsen lost her first set 6-4, but bounced back to win the second one 6-1. She prevailed 10-7 in a long third set for the win over Celina Grimes.
It was Nimz who had the long battle in the next match against Washburn. She lost the first set 6-4 to Lia Gambucci, but came back for a 6-3 win in the second. Nimz prevailed 10-4 in the final set.
Olsen had an easier time of it, blanking Emma Spring 6-0, 6-0.
All three BEA doubles team won over their Washburn opponents.
The Buccaneer No. 1 doubles team of Autumn Drake and Lindsey Prokop dispatched Izzy Brinker and Rachel Haim 6-1, 6-0.
Aeli Olson and Anikka Wilhelmi won 6-0, 6-1 over Megan Silvernagel and Penelope Lancrete at No. 2 doubles. At No. 3 doubles, Beka Krussow and Natali Fellows teamed up to win 6-0, 6-0 over Maddy Hillier and Ellie Lampere.
At No. 1 singles, Karleigh Wolff lost 6-0, 6-3 to Taylor Jackson. At No. 3 singles, Buccaneer Kaitlyn Olsen lost to Ara Zembucki in a three set battle, 6-4, 1-6, 10-7. All the Bucs won in the match against DeLaSalle. In singles, Wolff won 6-0, 6-1 over Ella Darger, Nimz defeated Katherine Reed 6-2, 6-0, Kaitlyn Olsen won 6-0, 6-1 over Annette Shaw and Karli Olsen swept Frances Kane 6-0, 6-0. In doubles action, Drake and Prokop won 6-2, 6-4 over Vanessa Taylor and Becca Brecourt, Olson and Wilhelmi defeated Marisa Eftefield and Jane Skodge 6-4, 6-1 and Krussow and Fellows teamed up to sweep Fiona Daley and Megan Beese 6-0, 6-0. “The girls played very well for the most part,” Coach Terry Barnes says. “Considering it was a very hot – 92 degrees – and very humid day, they played hard and did well.” Next up for the Buccaneers were matches at Le Sueur-Henderson last Friday. This week they will play at Austin-Pacelli on Tuesday and at Martin County West on Thursday.