Tennis team downs St. Peter, 5-2
The Buccaneer girls tennis team notched their second South Central Conference win of the season on Thursday, downing the St. Peter Saints 5-2 on the Blue Earth courts.
Blue Earth Area got wins from all three of its doubles teams, and two of the singles players.
Junior Emily Slama continued her winning ways at the No. 1 singles spot by defeating St. Peter’s Sid Dirks 6-4, 6-4. BEA’s No. 2 singles player, Annika Johnson, a senior, defeated Katie Hanson 6-3, 6-2.
The No. 1 doubles team of seniors Olivia Skaare and Mackenzie Lein defeated the Saints’ Rachael Thompson and Makenzie Schiltz in three sets, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3.
At No. 2 doubles, senior Jessica Skaare teamed up with freshman Abby Nimz and they downed Kasandra McCabe and Bailey Volk of St. Peter, 6-2, 6-1.
BEA eighth grader Ciarra Olson and seventh grader Karleigh Wolff played at No. 3 doubles and got the win over Kami Smesmo and Mackenzie Wenner in three sets, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1.
At No. 3 singles, the Bucs’ Autumn Drake, a freshman, lost to Calleigh Carlson 6-0, 6-1. And at No. 4 singles, junior Blaire Zierke fell to Kerala Smith in three sets, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.
The match was played under muggy conditions, and was completed just before the rains came on Thursday night.
The victory puts the Bucs’ season record at 4-8, 2-3 in the SCC.
This week the Buccaneers will play at Maple River on Tuesday and River Valley on Thursday. The SCC Tournament is on Saturday.Waseca 6, BEA 1
The Waseca Bluejays showed Tuesday why they are considered a top contender for the South Central Conference tennis crown. They downed the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers 6-1 on the Bucs’ home courts.
BEA got their lone victory from their No. 1 singles player, Emily Slama. She defeated the Bluejays’ Danni Collins 6-4, 6-2.
At No. 2 singles, BEA’s Annika Johnson put up quite a battle against Briee Mercier, but wound up losing 6-4, 6-5 (7-5).
Jordan Hanevik was defeated at the No. 3 singles spot, falling to Abby Collins 6-0, 6-1. Mariah Garver lost to Taylor Nelson at No. 4 singles, 6-0, 6-0.
In doubles, Jessica Skaare and Olivia Skaare lost to Lexie Ulfers and Hannah Flor, 6-2, 6-2 at the No. 1 spot.
At No. 2 doubles, Abby Nimz and Mackenzie Lein fell to Tessa Krueger and Alicia Kroll of the Bluejays, 6-0, 6-2.
The Bucs’ Autumn Drake and Blaire Zierke teamed up in the No. 3 doubles spot and lost to Katie Harvey and Abbe Hoehn, 6-0, 6-1.
The loss dropped the Buc’s season record to 3-8, 1-3 in the conference.
The BEA tennis team played in the Mankato West Invitational Tournament on Saturday, Sept.19. The Bucs scored six points for eighth place. Individual scores were not available.
The Bucs were also set to host USC on Monday, Sept. 21, but the match was postponed due to inclement weather.
This week BEA plays at Maple River on Tuesday night.