The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers girls tennis team could only muster one win in the singles column and one in doubles play last Thursday when they traveled to St. James to take on the Saints.
BEA fell 5-2 to their tough South Central Conference foe, evening up their SCC record at 1-1 for the year.
Both of the Buccaneers' two wins came in three set battles.
At No. 4 singles, Buc junior Anikka Wilhelmi took on Saint senior Taylor Nordhausen and won the first set in a close score of 7-5.
Wilhelmi lost the second set 6-3, but bounced back to take the third set 6-4 and the match 2-1.
BEA junior Beka Krussow and sophomore Paige Darrington took on two Saints' seniors, Hannah Christenson and Anna Haler, and won two sets to one.
The Buccaneer duo took set one easily, 6-1, before falling in the second set in a battle, 7-5. They came back to win the third set 6-2.
At No. 1 singles, Karleigh Wolff lost to Lorena Hernandez 6-0, 6-1. Kaitlyn Olsen lost her match at No. 2 singles to Julia Boeve by scores of 6-2, 6-2. And, at No. 3 singles, Lindsey Prokop also lost by the same 6-2, 6-2 scores to Aubrey Eckstrom.
In doubles play, Buccaneers Karli Olsen and Natali Fellows lost to Acacia Foss and Ashley Frederickson at No. 1 doubles by scores of 6-0, 7-6 (5).
The No. 3 BEA doubles duo of Kali Viland and Lacey Benz were defeated by St. James players Morgan Sandmeyer and Alejandro Trapero by set scores of 6-1, 6-3.
The loss drops the Buccaneers season record to 9-3.
This week BEA is hosting Albert Lea on Monday and New Ulm on Tuesday before traveling to Fairmont on Thursday. USC 5, BEA 2
The United South Central Rebels brought the Blue Earth Area girls tennis team's winning streak to a crashing halt last Tuesday afternoon at Schroeder Courts in Blue Earth.
The Rebels showed why they are considered a dominant team in the area by downing the Bucs 5-2.
BEA did not go down without a fight in the match, however. The two key matches were at No. 1 and 2 singles where the contests each went to three hard-fought sets with USC winning both.
At No. 1 singles, USC's Claire Christian, currently ranked 10th in state in Class A, defeated BEA's Karleigh Wolff in three sets, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1.
It was Rebel Linsey Thisius defeating Buccaneer Kaitlyn Olsen in a three-set battle at No. 2 singles, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.
BEA's Lindsey Prokop fell to USC's Kia Legred at No. 3 singles, 6-4, 6-4 and Anikka Wilhelmi lost to Julia Stenzel 6-3, 6-1 at No. 4 singles.
The Buccaneers grabbed their two wins at the No. 1 and 2 doubles positions.
Karli Olsen and Natali Fellows downed Angela Bixby and Joyce Rubio in a close 7-5, 7-5 match at the No. 1 doubles spot.
Beka Krussow and Paige Darrington teamed up at No. 2 doubles to defeat the Rebels' Leah Meyer and Carly Weber, 6-3, 6-0.
USC's Emma Barnd and Kelly Neubauer downed Kali Viland and Anneliese Klinkner at the No. 3 doubles slot for the Rebels' fifth point.
The loss drops the Buccaneers' record to 9-2 for the season, while they remain at 1-0 in the South Central Conference.
BEA 7, TCU 0
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls tennis team continued to roll along with another 7-0 shutout to add to their season.
BEA blanked Tri-City United (Le Center-Montgomery-Lonsdale) in a match played on a hot Saturday, Sept. 7, in Le Center.
While the Bucs won every match, two of them went to three sets.
At No. 2 singles, BEA's Kaitlyn Olsen lost a hotly-contested first set by a score of 7-5 to Breanna Jaycox.
Olsen then bounced back to win the match by taking the next two sets 6-4, 6-0.
At No. 2 doubles, teammates Beka Krussow and Paige Darrington combined to defeat Emily Holicky and Guadalupe Ruiz in three sets, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.
The rest of the Buc netters won in two sets each.
Karleigh Wolff downed Kori Lowe 6-1, 6-0 at the No. 1 singles spot. At No. 3 singles, BEA's Lindsey Prokop dispatched her TCU opponent, Rosa Ruiz, by the identical 6-1, 6-0 score.
Anikka Wilhelmi, at No. 4 singles, reversed those numbers, 6-0, 6-1, when defeating Jessica O'Meara.
Karli Olsen and Natali Fellows had no problem as they blanked Molly Tiede and Kristi Frederick 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 doubles.
And, Kali Viland and Annaliese Klinkner completed the Buccaneer shutout by beating Kelsey Davis and Lexi Bristro 6-4, 6-3 at No.3 doubles.
The win put the BEA girls at a 9-1 season record while remaining 1-0 in the South Central Conference.