The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer tennis team came oh, so close to notching their first win of the season last Tuesday afternoon.
But, they fell just short, losing to Redwood Valley by a score of 4-3.
BEA needed just one of its losses to turn into a win in order to pull out a team victory.
That nearly happened.
Playing at No. 1 singles, Leon Chaudhari nearly pulled out that win, but ended up losing to Tyler Hagen of Redwood.
After winning the first set 7-5, Chaudhari lost the second set 6-4. He lost the tie breaker third set 10-6.
Hunter Myers played at No. 2 singles and pulled out a 6-2, 6-2 victory for the Bucs, defeating Armando Davila.
At No. 3 singles, Chandler Kienitz lost 6-2, 6-2 to Max Russell.
The Bucs' Chance Andrews played at No. 4 singles and pulled off a big win over Nate Benson, with a 6-1, 6-3 score.
BEA's No. 1 doubles team of Jaron King and Martin Granados teamed up to score the Bucs' third team point of the afternoon when the downed Cole Pettis and Sam Christenson.
At No. 2 doubles, BEA's Justus Thelen and Spencer Petersen put up a battle against Beau Nesburg and Michael Davila, but lost 6-4, 7-5.
And, Mason Hehr and Parker Kienitz lost their No. 3 doubles match 6-3, 6-4, to Jon Lammers and Aaron Boyle.
Despite the rainy weather last week, the Bucs were able to get this match in as Redwood Valley has four indoor courts.
This week, BEA hosts Fairmont in Blue Earth on Thursday.
Albert Lea 6, BEA 1
Blue Earth Area Buccaneer tennis player Chandler Kienitz came through with a long, hard-fought victory in his match against an Albert Lea opponent on Friday, April 25.
The bad news for the Buccaneer squad was that Kienitz grabbed their only win and BEA fell 6-1 to the visiting Albert Lea team.
Playing at No. 2 singles, Kienitz lost his first set by a score of 6-3 to Garrett Matz.
He bounced back and took the second set by a score of 6-2.
That set up a third set tie-breaker which Kienitz won 10-3.
At No. 1 singles, Hunter Myers lost to Taylor Herfudahl of Albert Lea by a score of 6-0, 6-1.
Chance Andrews lost 6-2, 6-0 to Schafer Overguard at the No. 3 singles spot.
The Bucs' Spencer Petersen, playing at No. 4 singles, had one of the closest sets of the day. After losing the first set 6-1 to Andy Woitas, he bounced back and came close in a 7-5 second set.
The young Bucs squad faced four experienced senior players in the doubles competition, and it showed in the results.
BEA juniors Leon Chaudhari and Martin Granados lost to seniors Carter Dahl and Collin Jahnke, 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 doubles.
Buc juniors Jaron King and Justus Thelen, playing against senior Cole Keyeski and sophomore Matt Carlson at No. 2 doubles, lost 6-1, 6-0.
At No. 3 doubles, eighth grader Spenser Timmerman and seventh grader Parker Kienitz lost to senior Tanner Shaft and freshman Austin Dulitz, 6-0, 6-0.