There was only one way Blue Earth Area girls tennis coach Terry Barnes could describe the conditions on the court last Wednesday night.
"Hot," Barnes says. "Very, very hot."
In fact, the temperatures and humidity were so high that the match with Martin County West started with an automatic 2-2 tie for every set, meaning the girls only had to win four games to win a set instead of six or more.
The Buccaneer girls were able to master the heat and the Mavericks, blanking MCW by a score of 7-0. They are now 6-1 for the year.
Karleigh Wolff started things off for the Bucs at No. 1 singles, but got by with a quick match in the heat.
With the score of the first set tied at 5-5, MCW's Stephanie Zerres had to withdraw due to an injury.
At No. 2 singles, Kaitlyn Olsen downed her opponent, Shawna Dressen in a tight match, 6-3, 7-6 (3).
Lindsey Prokop defeated Tori Russenberger at No. 3 singles 6-4, 6-2 and Annika Wilhelmi reversed those scores as she beat Sophie Bareiss 6-2, 6-4 at No. 4 singles.
The Bucs continued the sweep in doubles competition.
Karli Olsen and Natali Fellows teamed up at No. 1 doubles to defeat Ily Schlenk and Alisa Russenberger 6-4, 6-2.
Then at No. 2 doubles, Beka Krussow and Paige Darrington survived a close first set to defeat Bailey Ebeling and Harley Holte by scores of 7-6 (4), 6-3.
BEA wrapped up the meet with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 3 doubles with Kali Viland and Lacey Benz gaining the win over Mado Ebeling and Brooke Forstrom.
BEA was scheduled to host Maple River last Thursday evening, however the match was moved to 9:30 a.m. to try and avoid the hottest time of the day.
Details on that match will be included in the next Faribault County Register.
Belle Plaine 1
The weather was very hot and so were the members of the Blue Earth Area girls tennis team. They blistered the Tigers of Belle Plaine 6-1 in tennis action last Monday evening.
The temperature was so hot that the coaches decided to shorten all the matches by starting out each one with a score of 2-2.
Karleigh Wolff started things rolling for the Bucs by defeating her opponent, Ashley Morrison, 7-5, 6-2 at the No. 1 singles position.
BEA's Kaitlyn Olsen dispatched Jane Schneider at No. 2 singles by scores of 6-2, 6-4.
Lindsey Prokop had quite a battle on her hands as she faced Ireland Lambrecht at No. 3 singles.
Prokop lost the first set 6-4, but recovered to win the second set 6-3. In the third set the Buccaneer pulled out a hard-fought 10-5 score for the win.
Annika Wilhelmi completed the singles competition sweep by downing her opponent, Grace Olson, 6-2, 6-4 at No. 4 singles.
Karli Olsen and Natali Fellows were able to defeat their Tiger opponents at No. 1 doubles, Meghan Gavin and Rachel Schroers, by scores of 6-3, 6-3.
At No. 2 doubles, Buc junior Beka Krussow and sophomore Paige Darrington teamed up to defeat seniors Savanna Schatz and Abby Brandt 6-4, 7-5.
Belle Plaine prevailed at No. 3 doubles. The Tigers' Bailey Gavin and Kate Schmit defeated the Bucs' Kali Viland and Annaliese Klinkner by scores of 6-3, 6-2.
BEA's season record advanced to 5-1 with the win.