The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers girls tennis team kept their season record perfect at 7-0 by shutting out Albert Lea by a score of 7-0.
The Bucs, now ranked No. 9 in state Class A, traveled to Albert Lea last Tuesday afternoon and cruised to the victory easily.
Karleigh Wolff started things off for BEA with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Mercedes Saltou at No. 1 singles.
Anikka Wilhelmi had the only contested set of the match at No. 2 singles. After taking the first set 6-0 over Katlyn Larson, she won the second one in a close battle, 7-5.
At No. 3 singles, Karli Olsen defeated Rachel Wallin 6-1, 6-0. And, at No. 4 singles Gracie Leland downed Alexa Drescher 6-1, 6-1.
In doubles action, Buccaneers Natali Fellows and Paige Darrington teamed up at No. 1 doubles and defeated Carson McGivern and Anna Boettcher, 6-1, 6-0.
At No. 2 doubles, Beka Krussow and Annaliese Klinkner took on Sara Kabrud and Katie Boettcher and won 6-0, 6-1.
Buc freshmen Malarie Scholtes and Julia Hanson completed the sweep by defeating Sam Skarstad and Lexus Saltou 6-0, 6-2.
This week the Bucs travel to Wells to take on USC on Thursday, then host Tri-County United on Saturday.
BEA 6, Belle Plaine 1
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls tennis team, ranked ninth in state in Class A, upped their season record to 6-0 with a win over Belle Plaine last Monday evening.
Despite the 6-1 final score, the Bucs struggled early, losing three first sets and barely winning another one.
But, they rebounded and came out with a strong win by the end of the match.
BEA's No. 1 singles player, Karleigh Wolff, had just been ranked eighth in state, but lost her first set on Monday.
Wolff fell 7-5 to Ireland Lamprecht of Belle Plaine in set one, but came back strong and won the next two sets convincingly, 6-1, 6-2.
At No. 2 singles, Anikka Wilhelmi downed Grace Olson 6-2, 6-1. Beka Krussow also cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 win over Leah Schaefer at No. 3 singles.
Gracie Leland suffered BEA's only loss, falling to Katlin Sannan in a three set match, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.
Buc juniors Natali Fellows and Karli Olsen teamed up to defeat seniors Kate Schmit and Jane Schneider, 7-6 (7-1), 6-4, at No. 1 doubles.
At No. 2 doubles, Paige Darrington and Annaliese Klinkner combined to down Bailey Gavin and Rachel Schroers, 6-2, 6-2.
And, at No. 3 doubles, Angie Cyphers and Lacey Benz were in a battle with Sarah Luskey and Shannon Egan, losing the first set, but the Buc duo prevailed, 3-6, 6-3, 10-7.
"We did not come out strong at first," Buc coach Terry Barnes said. "But, we were able to come back and win the match."
BEA 5, LSH 2
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer girls tennis team traveled to Le Sueur-Henderson on Friday, Aug. 22, and picked up two more wins for the season, boosting their record to 5-0.
In one of the games, BEA downed host Le Sueur-Henderson by a score of 5-2.
The Bucs' No 1 singles player had to go to three sets to defeat Carlie Brandt, 6-4, 1-6, 10-5.
At No. 2 singles, Anikka Wilhelmi fell to Breanna Schug in three sets by scores of 1-6, 6-1, 10-8.
Playing at No. 3 singles, BEA's Paige Darrington defeated Janie Schwartz, 6-1, 6-3. And Gracie Leland, at No. 4 singles, also had little trouble downing Maddy Meyer, 6-1, 6-1.
Natali Fellows and Karli Olsen teamed up to play Katherine Cronk and Tracy Eischens and won easily, 6-1, 6-1.
The BEA duo of Beka Krussow and Lacey Benz had trouble with Kennedy Straub and Acy Adamzak, losing in three sets. After winning the first set 6-3, the two Bucs lost the next set by the same 6-3 score, then lost a long battle in set three by a score of 13-11.
At No. 3 doubles, Angie Cyphers and Malarie Scholtes combined to win 6-4, 6-4, over Erika Cronk and Ann Fraser.
BEA 5, Fairmont 2
The Buccaneer girls tennis team took on the Fairmont Cardinals in Le Sueur for their other match Friday, Aug. 22.
BEA took down Fairmont 5-2 in the match.
Karleigh Wolff led things off at No. 1 singles by besting Shantel Quist by a score of 6-1, 6-0.
Anikka Wilhelmi took her Cardinal opponent, Ellie Tonder, to three sets at No. 2 singles, but lost 2-6, 6-4, 10-7.
Natali Fellows cruised to a win at No. 3 singles, downing Lauren Carlson 6-2, 6-3. And at No. 4 singles, Gracie Leland defeated Leah Fortune 6-2, 6-0.
Beka Krussow and Paige Darrington were defeated by Cardinals Abby Fitzgald and Sophie Shelgren, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) at No. 1 doubles.
Karli Olsen and Lacey Benz teamed up to defeat Madisyn Plumhoff and Brittany Bess, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 2 doubles.
And at No. 3 doubles, Angie Cyphers and Malarie Scholtes took on Hayley Fogelson and Morgan Cihaski and the Buc duo won 6-3, 6-4.